Suckler crisis meeting this Friday
The meeting is open to all and aims to discuss what can be done to avert the demise of the suckler cow and other problems within the beef sector.
IFRG said that the suckler cow sector has become the “poor relation” of Irish agriculture since the abolition of milk quotas, highlighting the growth in dairy output while “the suckling sector appears to be in terminal decline”.
“Dairy breed progeny is now infiltrating the suckler sector and the beef carcass is suffering as a result.”
After surveying farmers at marts around the country and asking farmers to sign a petition, IFRG found that an alarming number of farmers were planning to end their suckler enterprise because of falling incomes.
This Friday’s meeting aims to rally farmers and other industry stakeholders to promote the suckling sector.