The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) have revealed today that they will mount a protest tomorrow, Friday, October 5th, against falling beef prices.
The organization will join in arms in protest outside major meat processor ABP in Clones Co. Monaghan as they say “processors continue to hammer beef farmers with price cuts”. The protest is to kick off bright and early at 7am sharp tomorrow, outside ABP in the town.
The move comes after the ICSA decided to boycott this week’s Beef Forum, just as the IFA did, in a bid to tackle the power processors have over price changes. Beef Chairman of the ICSA, Edmund Graham, noted that the lack of solidarity shown by processors to farmers played a significant role in their decision to boycott the Beef Forum.
“ICSA did not attend the Beef Forum this week due to the lack of solidarity shown by processors to beef producers. Never has this lack of solidarity been more evident than in the last few weeks.” Said Edmond Graham.
Mr. Graham also noted that anger is increasing amongst farmers, with many “on their knees” after the recent weather hardships.
“Farmers are on their knees, anger is mounting and factories have refused to engage with us in a meaningful way at the roundtable.” He concluded.