When Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue secured sign-off on a PGI application at last month’s beef taskforce meeting, it was thought that a formula had been found to resolve how Irish grass-fed beef should be defined. There had been rumblings of discontent in Northern Ireland (NI) about being outside the loop with the classification but following engagement between the ministers in Belfast and Dublin, it had appeared a way had been found to accommodate the NI interest.

NI position