17 Dec 2018, 09.00

Representatives from the IFA will be before the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine when it meets tomorrow. The meeting will see the Committee engage with the IFA on their Report on ‘The Economic and Societal Importance of the Irish Suckler Beef Sector.’

Committee Chair, Pat Deering TD, said, “Farmers are concerned about the future development and sustainability of the Irish suckler cow sector. This report, commissioned by the IFA, assesses the importance of the suckler cow herd in the context of Irish agriculture, the beef sector and the economy. The report raises a number of concerns including the low market prices relative to production costs, meaning that this large farm sector is extremely reliant on direct payments. The Committee is keen to discuss how to ensure that the sector does not contract and negatively impact local economies and communities.”

The meeting will start at 3.30pm in Committee Room 1, Leinster House.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here

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