Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has met with Patrick Kent, the President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) to discuss concerns about issues currently affecting the red meat sector.
The meeting, which took place in Co. Wexford, provided an opportunity for the Minister and the ICSA President to discuss a number of ongoing issues which have been affecting the beef sector recently, including the introduction of penalties for out of spec animals.
Speaking after the meeting Minister O’Neill said:
"I am very concerned about the recent difficulties experienced by farmers and the wider industry as result of falling beef prices and the penalties imposed by meat plants for out of spec animals.
"The beef industry is an integral part of the agri-food sector on this island and it is important that we maintain dialogue on these issues which are causing such concern to the beef industry.
" My officials and I will continue to work with our counterparts here in the South for the good of this industry. I want to see a strong, profitable red meat sector on this island for many years to come and I hope that all elements of the supply chain can continue to work together on this for the benefit of all."