The "unsustainably low beef price", 30-month rule and other beef grid issues, and price transparency over the food chain are key issues for ICSA ahead of Monday’s beef talks, according to ICSA president Edmond Phelan.
The organisation believes it is now up to the beef processors to "bring real offers to the table" at these talks if they wish to resume business and ensure a future for beef processing in Ireland.
"They have completely forgotten that if farmers can’t make a profit, there will be no future for their business either,” Phelan added.
“We expect the meat industry to engage on the premise that prices are unsustainably low and all mechanisms through which a sustainable beef price can be achieved must be explored."
Making reference to statements from Supermacs and Lidl, confirming that "30-months is not an issue for their customers, Phelan outlined: “The 30-month rule needs to be scrapped."
"ICSA has consistently maintained that this is merely a racket to keep farmers down and it can no longer be justified."
"The 70-day rule is just a device to undermine free trade at livestock marts and is an anti-competitive measure that should be investigated by the CCPC.”
ICSA will also be insisting that the suckler herd needs a "better bonus" for U grade cattle.
"Factories have made a killing from the grid over many years but especially with the increase in dairy stock and some of this money must be returned in the form of better bonuses at the top end of the grid."
"ICSA wants to see openness about what money is being made from the fifth quarter as well as an accurate assessment of how much the farmer gets from the retail sales of beef."