‘Issues such as the Russian ban impacting on the meat trade as well as the dairy markets’
Sligo News File Online
ICSA president Patrick Kent has reiterated his call for cattle and sheep farmers to get a share of the emergency funds agreed by Brussels. Mr Kent pointed out that while much of the focus has been on dairying, the reality is that cattle and sheep farmers are still going to earn less in 2015 than dairy farmers and that issues such as the Russian ban are impacting on the meat trade as well as the dairy markets.
Reacting to news that Ireland is to receive just under €14 million from the EU fund, he said “We cannot allow a situation where there is special treatment for dairy farmers when they have a sudden drop in income yet nothing was done last year for cattle farmers when prices fell. Prices are still below the cost of production for cattle and sheep farmers and this must be reflected in the use of the extra funds.”