Dail hears beef farmers earning less than €200 a week

Price drop of €100 per head.

Sligo News File.

Beef farming is at rock bottom.

Michael Creed, TD,
Minister for Agriculture

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan told the Dail that half of the country’s beef farmers are earning less than €10,000 a year, three quarters less than  €20,000 and in the past year prices have flopped by upwards of €100 per head.

He said: “There is phenomenal pressure, on top of which is Brexit which also exerts huge pressure. Beef farmers believe their needs are not being met.”

Minister Michael Creed said he was conscious that 2018 was a difficult year for the suckler beef sector, “particularly in terms of unprecedented weather events which resulted in increased input costs owing to fodder shortages. We must also acknowledge the exposure of the sector to Brexit impacts.”

He then went on to list government measures designed to help the beleaguered industry.

€20 million for a new beef environmental efficiency pilot scheme focussed on carbon efficiency

€23 million ANC increase

GLAS, ANCs and knowledge transfer programme.

Suckler cow farmers also benefit from the basic payment scheme and greening payments under Pillar 1 of the CAP.

He strongly felt that the range of supports available to suckler cow farmers “is appropriate for the continued development of the sector.”