TD writes to 'all major Irish retailers'


'The factories say these are based on retail market requirements'

TD writes to 'all major Irish retailers'

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'The factories say these are based on retail market requirements'

Anne Rabbitte TD has written to "all major Irish retailers" to seek their view on the 30-month requirements under the Quality Payment Scheme (QPS), 70-day QA single farm residency and the four-movement rule.

In a tweet, Rabbitte - Fianna Faíl spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs - said: "Numerous farmers in touch voicing fears over prices being paid for beef. This is their livelihood, people just want a fair price & a sustainable living."

"1 main issue relates to the 30-month age limit. I've written to all major Irish retailers seeking their input on this."

Letter

The letter reads as follows;

"Dear retailers,

As you may be aware, there have been protests taking place outside a number of meat processing plants around the country in recent weeks, organised by the Beef Plan Movement.

As a supporter of the Beef Plan Movement and the many farmers across my constituency in Galway East, it's important that the issued being raised by farmers are brought to a successful close and farmers are given a fair price for their beef and their livelihoods brought to a sustainable standard.

One of the issues that has been raised by the Beef Plan Movement relates to retailer specifications; the current requirements include the 30-month age limit for heifers and steers, as well as the 70-day QA single farm residency and the four-movement rule. The factories say these are based on retail market requirements.

I am writing to ask you if these requirements are a necessity and if so, on what basis, and under are they applied to all countries? I would also like to hear your opinion on this limit being extended to 36-months?

Many thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Anne."

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