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"Good Progress" Made on Irish Beef Crisis

13 November 2014

IRELAND – A producer lobbying group is pleased at how negotiations are progressing on addressing Ireland's tumultuous beef markets.

Irish Farmers Association President Eddie Downey said “good progress” on cattle specification and prices was made at the Beef Forum on Wednesday evening.

Three key farmer issues of reinstating the Quality Payment System, removing weight limits and a new payment inventive in 2015 were brought forward.

Talks follow major unrest in the sector, reignited by a €350 price gap with the UK on cattle prices.

Dealings between farmers and factories had “seriously damaged” farmer trust this year, said Mr Downey.

He added: “The beef protest has sent a clear message to meat factory bosses that farmers must be treated fairly and with respect. At last evening’s Forum, Minister Coveney secured agreement from the meat factories that the specifications issues will be resolved.”

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