The move was made after processors described the payments as unsustainable.
It was confirmed,by Meat Industry Ireland, that the agreement for cattle over the age of 30 months is no longer in place. The agreement saw heifers and steers make €3 per head under the Beef forum of 2014, though processors have now dropped these premium prices.
This has left Ireland’s beef producers in a conundrum as it means less incomes for the coming years.
Meat Industry Ireland have said that advance warning should have been given at the Beef Forum. They also stated that the premium payments on overage animals from QA farms would not be sustainable unless it was cost neutral.