Beef Plan (2018- 2025) - a voluntary farmer-driven not-for-profit organisation - is calling for the removal of the 70-day retention period prior to slaughter.
The group - which has in excess of 15,000 members - released a statement yesterday (Monday, January 14th) saying: "It is an anti-competitive tool which hinders the sale of factory-fit stock in marts, these same marts are fighting for survival."
At present, all cattle sold for slaughter as quality assured animals must be resident on a Bord Bia-certified farm (or farms) for a minimum of 70 days prior to slaughter.
Bord Bia defines 'the residency requirements for cattle' as follows: "The residency requirement for cattle to be deemed Quality Assured is that the animal must have spent the last 70 days (unbroken) in the Quality Assured Chain."
"What this means is that an animal could have spent 30 days on one Quality Assured farm, then moved to another Quality Assured Farm and spent a further 40 days on that farm. The animal is therefore deemed Quality Assured."
Beef Plan Movement is registered as a regular CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee), in December-2018 a spokesperson for the group confirmed last week.
At present, county committees are being established which comes following the formation of a national committee. Eamon Corley sits as Chairman, Hugh Doyle is Vice-Chairman and its treasuer is Moira Doyle.
The group continues to roll-out its series of meetings, with details as follows:
- Tipperary: Holycross hall, Tipperary - Jan 15th, 7:30pm;
- Roscommon: Castlerea Mart - Jan 16th, 8:00pm;
- Armagh:Ballymana Community Hall, Redrock - Jan 17th, 8:00pm;
- Galway: Peacocks Hotel, Maam Cross- Jan 21st 8:00pm;
- 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.
Image source: Tricia Kennedy