ABP has confirmed, as was indicated on Tuesday at the Beef Task Force meeting, that it will increase the base price of cattle for deliveries from next Monday.
In a statement released to That’s Farming, a spokesperson stressed that the price paid by ABP for cattle will always be determined by the prevailing market conditions and those conditions have recently improved.
'Needless and irresponsible'
“The company is at a complete loss to understand why Joe Healy, the outgoing IFA President, pursued a course of irresponsible, disruptive and illegal action at retail distribution centres this week.”
“The Beef Task Force met on Tuesday and Joe Healy and the IFA were fully aware that market indications pointed towards a cattle price increase in Ireland; this was reported extensively.”
“Joe Healy is also aware that cattle prices are quoted on a Friday and the timing of this stunt was motivated by competition for membership between traditional and new farm organisations.”
“The actions, this week, of Joe Healy, the outgoing IFA president, were needless and irresponsible.” the spokesperson added.