Over 10,000 farmers have signed the Irish Family-Farm Rights Group’s petition against the 4-Movement Rule.
The rule in question dictates that any animal brought to slaughter with more than 4 movements or changes of ownership on its card will not qualify for the 'Quality Payment System' bonus.
Earlier this week, Donie Shine – National Chairman of IFRG – said that proper attention must be paid to all those “actually responsible” for its creation.
“[The rule] has everything to do with an agreement reached privately between the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and Meat Industry Ireland (MII) back in 2009.”
This information is derived from a written answer by the Minister for Agriculture, dated 23 March 2017, to a Dail question by Deputy Charlie McConalogue, the IFRG National Chair added.
“Various bi-lateral meetings had between significant beef industry stakeholders and the 'Farm Rights Group has revealed that there are two other parties, besides the IFA and MII, who also have an interest in promoting and maintaining the Four Movements' Rule.”
Shine said that the 'Farm Rights Group is currently contacting these parties with a view to ascertaining the reasons behind their interest.