IFA presidential election candidate, Tim Cullinan, has called on beef factories to increase prices immediately.
Speaking in Athenry last night (November 4th), the Tipperary-based pig farmers also called for an immediate-focused campaign by Bord Bia to “close the young bull price differential of €165/head between Ireland and EU markets”.
Facts and figures
He is of the opinion that he has produced adequate facts and figures in support of this call for an immediate increase in cattle prices.
He referenced the following young bull prices in the EU for the week ended October 19th, 2019:
- Italy €3.76/kg;
- France: €3.73/kg;
- Germany: €3.69/kg;
- GB: €3.62/kg;
- NI €3.57/kg;
- ROI: €3.22/kg.
“That’s an average EU price of €3.68/kg, leaving a gap of 46c/kilo between the average EU price and the Irish price for young bulls.”
“That is €165/head of a price gap for Irish producers and a loss that is totally unacceptable.”
He said that the state promotional body cannot stand over this price discrepancy between Irish and EU prices. “So much for its great marketing hype when the gap remains so high.”
“The real test for Bord Bia, which I will hold them to in the future, is the cattle price paid to Irish livestock farmers.” Cullinan added.
€4.00/kg for steers
“Speaking in Athenry last night (Monday, November 4th), I said that if elected [IFA] president, my first major campaign will be to lift cattle prices to €4/kilo for steers, which is ambitious but would only be breakeven for most farmers.”
“Clearly my first target, if elected IFA President, will be a shake-up of beef marketing.”
Cullinan says he intends to visit China in January, to see first-hand “the potential in that market”.
Image source: Tim Cullinan \ Facebook