Imagine if the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue publicly admitted he didn’t know the price beef farmers were getting at the factory, and even expressed his surprise it was so low? There would be uproar.

That’s exactly what the Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett, with a special focus on organics, admitted to IFA organic chair Nigel Renaghan at its online AGM last week, when he informed her the organic beef price was almost the same as the conventional price.