The report commissioned by the ICMSA found that the QPS can not deliver on a cash neutral outcome for farmers.
The ICMSA President, John Comer, said that data showed that while certain categories of animals have gained from the introduction of QPS, there was overall average loss to farmers of €15m per year for every year that the QPS grid had operated. He said that the research vindicated absolutely his organisation’s resistance to the introduction of the grid and his own repeated calls - made at the Beef Forum and on several other occasions – for a complete review and overhaul of the grid that looked particularly at what he described as its arbitrary and pointless specifications and deliberately over-complex structure.
Mr Comer went further to say the grid had been deliberately designed not to work in the favor of farmers.
The QPS was introduced in 2009, and has proved unpopular with farmers.