Emerald Isle Beef Producers has been engaging with exporters, overseas purchasers and beef processing plants, according to Eamon Corley.
He said that it has been a “busy and exciting” period in the backdrop of “very challenging times” for all those involved with the producer organisation.
“We have, and continue to, engage with meat buyers, trying to set up deals to sell our beef.”
“We have either booked in or sold over 300 factory-fit cattle in the last 2 weeks from farmers in Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Wexford, Kildare, Meath, Galway, Mayo and Clare.”
“We have a communication system, people and structures in place to deliver this project,” Corley explained.
“We are now togged out and, on the pitch, and competing with all we have got to get a better price for farmer’s cattle.”
Corley said that a “constant stream” of farmers are joining on a daily basis through the registration form on its website.“We are confident that we will deliver better prices for farmer’s cattle as a group than what farmers could get selling as individuals.”
“We are doing this on a voluntary basis to put in place a better and more sustainable means of selling cattle. “
“A means that you, the farmer, can have some control over and a means that has the potential to deliver a future in beef farming.”
“As a beef farmer working hard, producing a top-quality product, you can now have the opportunity to feel a sense of pride by getting involved with a group of proactive farmers,” Corley concluded.