Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue is to meet his Northern Ireland counterpart Edwin Poots by video conference on Thursday and is likely to discuss the ongoing opposition in NI to the PGI application for Irish grass-fed beef being submitted without the North being included.

Minister McConalogue published the final version of the PGI last Thursday, with an opportunity to appeal the decision until 8 December for people resident in the jurisdiction with a legitimate interest. He again committed to supporting extension to include the geographical area of NI when it has a grass-fed standard in place.