The IFA is holding a public information meeting at 8.30 pm on Friday, June 14th in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, in order to update farmers on the €100m Brexit beef fund and to hear views on its distribution.
IFA President Joe Healy said a recent meeting of the IFA National Council in Dublin endorsed the National Livestock Committee policy direction that the €100m Brexit Beef Fund should be targeted at beef finishers of prime cattle (steers, heifers and young bulls) and suckler cow farmers.
Mr. Healy said: “It is essential that the €100m Brexit beef package is targeted to the farmers who need it most. It must be paid without delay and there must be no strings attached.
“This fund was secured after a lot of hard work and lobbying by IFA. It’s for farmers – not for factories, agents or dealers. We will insist it is paid quickly and directly to farmers”.
The IFA President said the allocation and targeting of the €100m to the farmers who need it most is critically important.
“It must take account of the farmers who incurred the beef price losses and the income situation,” he said.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said it is very clear that the farmers who sold prime finished cattle since last September and suckler producers are the two groups who were hit the hardest.
IFA has already met with EU Commission officials on the details of the €100m package, which he said was essential for winter finishers given the horrendous losses they have taken.
Mr. Woods said under no circumstances can Minister Creed allow one cent go to factory-owned cattle or factory feedlot cattle.