Tension between suckler and dairy farmers was highlighted at the Irish Farmers Journal farm leaders’ live debate on Tuesday night as ICMSA president Pat McCormack clashed a number of times with his ICSA counterpart, Dermot Kelleher.

Kelleher called for a 13% clawback of Pillar I funds to deliver a €300/head suckler cow coupled payment, as well as €35/ewe payment and an environmental programme.