Over 6,200 farmers have joined Beef Plan 2018-2025 Group according to Eamon Corley - the group's chairman and spokesperson.
Co. Roscommon is powering ahead with the most support, followed by Co. Mayo; Co. Galway and Co. Cavan; he said that Co. Leitrim; Co. Donegal; Co. Clare; Co. Limerick; Co. Laois and Co. Cork are the fastest movers.
The group has played host to two public information meetings - one in Roscommon Mart and the second event was held in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo last Wednesday (November 14th).
A series of other nationwide meetings have been organised, with details outlined below:
- Laois: Ratheniska Hall - November 20th - 8pm;
- Cavan: Cavan Crystal Hotel - November, 21st - 8:30pm;
- Kilkenny: Newpark Hotel - November 28th - 8pm;
- Galway: Gort Mart - December 5th - 8pm ;
- Westmeath/Longford/Offaly - Downs GAA Club, Mullingar - December 5th - 8:30pm.
The committee is also seeking "constructive short proposals" in relation to the BDGP (Beef Data and Genomics Programme).
Eamon Corley said that there "seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction" with many claiming that the scheme has "put back the quality of our beef" animals".
Farmers are invited to propose an addition/amendment to the plan here; the best proposals will be voted on and if accepted, they will become part of the plan.
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.
The plan’s objectives centre around 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.
"For years farmers profits have been eaten into by beef processors and retailers and as a result, beef farming in Ireland is on its knees." Beef Plan outlined.
"This plan was born in the hope of saving and rejuvenating beef farming in Ireland before its too late."
Farmers can join this movement for €10. There are Whatsapp Beef Groups established for all 26 counties, with more information available here and on Facebook. Contact your county representative, by clicking here.