12 February 2019
By Mary Bermingham
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan has called on the Agriculture Minister to outline the measures he plans on taking to alleviate the pressure on beef farmers.
Suckler farmers have seen prices plummet over the past year, and with the threat of a no-deal Brexit becoming an ever increasing possibility, many are concerned about their ability to remain viable.
Deputy Moynihan raised the issue directly with Minister Creed last week.
“This is a very serious issue in rural Ireland. There is a drop off in prices and this is leading to a crisis of confidence throughout the sector. Figures from Teagasc reveal that in 2017, the national average cattle rearing income was €12,529 – largely unchanged from 2016. The stats also found that, in the same year, half of all farms earned less than €10,000 from beef”, said Deputy Moynihan.
“While beef farmers’ incomes are remaining relatively static, the national income average of all sectors is €31,412 – that’s up 32% since 2016. Beef farming is no longer seen as a financially attractive option for younger people, particularly as beef prices have taken such a hit over the past year.
“Farmers are under severe pressure and their stress levels are extremely high. They need the government to provide clarity for beef producers. I am calling on Minister Creed to outline what he and his government intends to do to protect beef farmers and ensure their long term viability”.