Beef trade in crisis

Prices, demand and Brexit sparking deep unease.

Sligo News File.

The beef trade is in chaos with both prices and demand at virtually rock bottom.

Farm bodies are also concerned about a glut of dairy calves.

By far the greatest worry, however, is the catastrophe likely to arise in the event of a no deal Brexit.

UK government threats to grant tariff-free quota status to beef imports from Brazil while slapping hefty tariffs on beef from Ireland has the potential to wreck the Irish beef industry.

As of now, one farm organisation is saying it needs answers from processors “on whether there is any reason for farmers to feed cattle over the coming twelve months.”

The prevailing situation “is unacceptable,” said a spokesman.

Meanwhile, Sligo farming and business interests are being invited to hear Tanaiste, Simon Coveney discuss the government’s response to the Brexit crisis at a meeting in the town’s Institute of Technology this Thursday evening, commencing at 8 pm. A panel will include experts in the agriculture, business and freight transport sectors.