The application for PGI status and the introduction of a grass-fed standard is still causing confusion on the ground.
Unveiling the two different standards at the same time was unfortunate timing. While the exclusion of bulls has been the main talking point, the fact that farmers haven’t been consulted has spurred some criticism of what should be a positive for Irish beef. This week, Bord Bia have moved to include under 16 month bulls in the grass-fed, standard if they meet the eligibility criteria. Many have seen this as a positive move.