Beef Plan is requesting a written response from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed in relation to the following 7 points;
- Recognition of Beef Plan Movement as a legitimate farmer representative body – to be a situation whereby that body has a representative presence as a board member within the state bodies that reside under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
- Transparency of red meat processors – Is the Minister prepared to introduce legislation that ensures that due to the importance of the red meat sector to the wider Irish economy and to mitigate against the vulnerable position of primary producers that red meat processors will no longer be permitted to operate as private unlimited companies and that profit made by these companies are made known.
- Live export supports – requesting timelines by which Minister Creed will have established a dedicated section that exclusively supports and specialises in the area of live exports within his Department.
- Prevalence and designation of feedlots – Requesting that legislation be introduced by Minister Creed that ensures at all times there is an arms-length contractual relationship between a beef processor and a beef producer so that it is prohibited by a processor to control or influence the supply of cattle other than through bona fide arms-length contractual relationship.
- Anti-competitive practices – Asking Creed to introduce legislation that prohibits the use of the 30-month age limit for heifers and steers, 16 and 24-month age limit for bulls, 4-movement rule and 70-day continuous residency on quality-assured farm prior to slaughter.
- Meat Market Observatory – Requesting timelines by which Minister Creed will have established in consultation with the EU Commission an Irish Meat Market Observatory that would include pricing date in relation to individual meat products.
- Mercosur Deal – How much of the €4 billion tariff savings is associated directly with dairy products? “The first point we want clarity on is when we can expect to see Ireland intend to vote.”
Hugh Doyle spoke to That’s Farming about the group’s seven submissions.
Thousands of farmers and farm bodies gathered outside Dáil Éireann yesterday (Wednesday, July 10th) for Beef Plan’s rural-led protest.
“Farmers and all rural businesses need to speak with one voice to bring the message home to the government and to Commissioner Hogan.” a spokesperson for the group said.
See footage from the protest here.