IFA presidential candidate Tim Cullinan has claimed that the beef talks have “failed to address the serious penalties being imposed by ABP, Dawn Meats and Kepak on beef farmers, costing over €30m per year”.
The IFA treasurer recently published his analysis of how beef and suckler farmers are being penalised by factories.
In a statement, the Tipperary farmer said: “The 30-month age limit is being used by factories to force farmers to deliver cattle and thereby, control supplies and manipulate the price
In a statement on August 13th, Cullinan said: “€30 million of new money from the factories is required to fix the GRID problem.”
“Unless ABP, Dawn Meats and Kepak come to the table with substantial new money, tinkering with the GRID is not a solution.”
“Only a properly financed GRID can be adjusted to cover cattle from the beef suckler herd and the dairy herd.”
He believes that any talk by the factories of reviewing the GRID, without putting new money on the table to resolve this is absolutely disingenuous.