There was anger and frustration at last Wednesday’s Beef Plan Movement meeting at Castlerea Mart as members of the voluntary Beef Plan Group as well as farmers voiced their concerns over the current state of the industry in rural Ireland.
Beef Plan Group PRO, David Creighton, said the meeting was well attended and there was positive feedback from those farmers in attendance.
“Around 500 people attended the meeting which was chaired by the chairman of the Beef Plan Group, Padraig O’Connor, who spoke about his experiences within the sector.
“The meeting itself went very well and there was good interaction from the farmers present. Many voiced their frustration and anger at politicians for the current state we find ourselves in in rural Ireland. But they were positive too that there was this new voluntary group,” he said.
Leading figures in the national Beef Plan movement, Eamon Corley and Hugh Doyle, also addressed those in attendance, and spoke in depth about the issues facing the beef sector.
“Mr. Corley and Mr. Doyle outlined what’s currently wrong with the industry and discussed their plans to invigorate it,” David added.
There is a belief within the movement that the farmer has been forgotten and that the industry is weighted in favour of factories and retailers. David believes the meetings offer a platform for farmers to be heard. So what’s next for the Beef Plan Group?
“We drive on! We are currently at 17,000 members and our aim is to reach 40,000 members nationally. Our next meeting in Co. Roscommon will take place on Thursday, February 21st at Elphin Mart and we will be once again encouraging farmers within the county to attend,” he concluded.