IFA president Joe Healy took aim at Sheikh Mohammad, Coolmore Stud, Larry Goodman and “their likes” who are drawing down CAP money, in his AGM speech on Tuesday.

Healy said that the new CAP proposals make strong reference that payments must go to genuine farmers: “CAP direct payments can no longer be used to fund sheikhs and beef barons. They should be used for farmers who are up in the middle of the night to calve cows, lamb ewes and work around the clock to harvest crops.