Beef Plan (2018 – 2025) is calling for farmer training to inspect and grade carcass trimming and classification, the same way in which factory employees have been trained under Department guidance.
Releasing a statement, a spokesperson for Beef Movement said: “We need transparency in our industry; farmers have lost all faith with it.”
Beef Plans believes that there should be 100% supervision of the area on the kill floor between the hide puller and the scales. “This supervision must be provided by farmers trained to the same standard as the current supervisors dressed in the same protective clothing.” The spokesperson said.
“We at Beef Plan have no confidence in factories self-regulating trim, grades weights etc on the kill floor nor do we have any confidence in the ability of the Department of Agriculture to do this task.”
“Whether it's cattle or sheep, the only system that farmers will have confidence in is 100% farmer supervision of the kill floor.” The spokesperson concluded.
Beef Plan 2018-2025 contains a total of 86 proposals across 8 different phases - sustainable price; factories; producer groups; animal health; purchasing groups (phase one and phase two); farm safety; government schemes; farm unions and abattoir.
Beef Plan believes there should be uniformity enforced around the hide pulling, trimming of the carcass and lighting of the grading machines so that the grades and fat scores are uniform in all factories.
Point 27 outlined under ‘carcass trim’ in its plan states: “Farmers to have a representative in every factory fully trained and recognised by factories and the Department of Agriculture whose job it would be to check scales, grades, trim, hide puller, samples been taken for TB detection etc., to be paid out of existing levies.
In this age of technology, farmers should be able to get a video and view in real-time through an app their animals being trimmed, skinned and graded, according to Beef Plan Group.
“It should be made available to the farmer and farmer representative to view. It could be a cost-effective measure as it could allow factories to be monitored remotely. Civil liberties of employees could be covered by blurring.” The plan says.
The group continues to roll-out its series of meetings, with details as follows:
- Limerick: Kilmallock Mart - Jan 22nd, 8:00pm;
- Sligo/ Leitrim: Ballymote Mart - Jan 23rd, 8:00pm;
- Meath/ Louth/ Dublin: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan - Jan 24th, 8:30pm;
- Galway: Ard Rí Hotel, Tuam - Jan 28th, 8:00pm;
- Monaghan: Glencairn Hotel, Castleblaney - Jan 30th, 8:00pm
- Mayo: Mayo Sligo Mart Ballina - Feb 6th, 8:00pm;
- Carlow: Dolmen Hotel, Feb 7th, 8:00pm;
- Roscommon: Elphin Mart, Feb 21st, 8:00pm.
- For more information, see Beef Plan’s website here.