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Coveney Calls for Full Implementation of Beef Forum Agreement

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney T.D., has today called for full implementation of the Beef Forum agreement on time.

Minister Coveney said “After a very difficult 2014 for beef farmers, stakeholders have worked hard to reach agreement on a range of market specification and other issues addressing their concerns. We now have a basis, through the agreement reached at the Beef forum on 12th November 2014, and the improvement in prices since then, to begin to restore some confidence to a sector which has struggled in 2014.  This is critically important if we wish to refocus our attention on the very many strategic challenges facing the sector”.

“Any delay in implementing the provisions of the agreement can only serve to undermine both the forum process and the fragile confidence beginning to emerge after a significant dispute which adversely affected the sector and following prolonged and difficult discussions. The provision of a single base price was a critical element of the agreement and processors have agreed that there will be no dual base pricing for steers and heifers in individual plants regardless of breed, age, weight or quality assurance status. This is an essential element in ensuring that farmers have confidence in the transparency and clarity of the pricing system”.

“My Department and the State Agencies are working to deliver on various elements of the agreement. I am calling on the industry to deliver on its commitments on specification issues and to provide a period of stability so that we can move on at the next forum to focus on the strategic issues facing the sector”.

View Press Release as a PDF:  Beef Forum (pdf 533Kb) 

Date Released: 10 December 2014