'Substantial progress' made at meeting of beef taskforce but farmers say questions remain

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The second meeting of the beef task force got underway today.

Minister Michael Creed. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Minister Michael Creed. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland THE HEAD OF the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has said the second meeting of the beef task force, which saw retailers come to the table for discussions, highlighted “varying and diverging views” around beef quality and sourcing.

“While all the retailers agree the Quality Assurance was of paramount importance, retailers are not as rigid on the issue of 30 months as we had been led to believe,” he said this evening. On price, Phelan said a strong case was made to the retailers that current prices paid to beef producers fall way short of what is required.

Following the meeting today, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, who was instrumental in setting up the taskforce, said there has been “substantial progress made” in delivering on the beef sector agreement.


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