Northern Irish farm groups met on Tuesday (October 1) to discuss the ‘meltdown’ in beef prices
A beef crisis meeting, organised by the Northern Ireland Agricultural, Producers Association, National Beef Association and Farmers For Action, was held in Northern Ireland with the organisations and farmers from all around NI and Southern Ireland discussing issues including poor prices, ‘ridiculous’ specification requirements and misrepresentation by supermarkets.
Farmers at the meeting, by a show of hands, suggested many of them would not be in beef farming in two years’ time if prices continued to fall or stagnate.
They also demanded Stormont went ‘back to work immediately’ in order to get legislation in place on farm gate pricing.
However, there was also anger and disbelief no politicians or councillors had turned up to the meeting.
NI Farm Groups called for Northern Irish and UK politicians to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ and help Northern Ireland fix its broken industry with legislation on prices.