Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan has welcomed the new labeling system that will allow for cattle to be traded across the island of Ireland without occurring a penalty.
Mr McMullan said,
‘The problem arose when cattle reared in the South were brought North for slaughter incurred a penalty of £150 due to labeling issues. These cattle became known as ‘nomad’ and created problems for farming markets and farmers alike.
“I welcome the introduction of new labeling that will allow the transfer of cattle across Ireland without occurring a penalty.
“This new labeling is due to the hard work of the Minister Michelle O’Neill, our MEPs and Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris who rallied the farmers, retailers and processors to come up with practical solution.
“All-Ireland farm markets have always been in existence for generations and this new labeling will allow us to return to that position where farmers can deal on an equal basis for cattle.
“Irish beef is renowned across the world for its quality and this new labeling while allowing the free movement of cattle will also maintain the traceability and quality of our livestock.” ENDS/CRÍOCH