Beef Plan Group (2018-2025) has formed purchasing groups in several counties across the country.
It aims to reduce input costs for farmers through deals on farm supplies, fuel and insurance, with the list growing as time progresses.
Deals are only discussed inside purchasing groups, a spokesperson for the Movement stressed.
A spokesperson for Beef Movement said: “Farmers are now making savings on their inputs and feeling the benefits of uniting in their pockets.”
Eamon Corley – Chairman - said: “Everyone will save money by using the deals simply because the prices are very keen.”
Declan Molloy – Secretary of the National Committee - said: “One deal alone saved me the price of a really good quality weanling.”
The spokesperson confirmed that more purchasing groups will be established in the remaining counties shortly.
Phase 3 of its plan focuses on purchasing groups. It states “Expertise from purchasing groups already operating to be used to encourage and facilitate farmers nationwide to roll out purchasing groups.”
One of its points states: “That we apply pressure to have obstacles removed to allow farm purchasing groups purchase directly from the manufacturers and importers to allow farmers to have access to inputs at wholesale prices.”
The movement and associated plan are put together “by farmers to farmers.”
The plan’s objectives centre around the following:
- Regaining control of an animal from birth to slaughter and beyond;
- Returning a cost of production price plus a margin as a minimum; and
- Regaining respect within the beef industry.
“This plan was born in the hope of saving and rejuvenating beef farming in Ireland before it is too late.”