December 13, 2023
Minister must intervene on Beef Index solution that works for farmers and breeders – Claire Kerrane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Claire Kerrane TD, has called on Minister McConalogue to find a solution to address concerns raised around changes to the Beef Index.

Changes made by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) to the indices came into force on November 28th and have caused significant frustration and worry within the farming community.

Speaking today, Teachta Kerrane said:

“I have been contacted by many farmers and breeders, who are seriously concerned about the changes to the Beef Index and the impact this could have on the sector.

“Some breeders have, overnight, taken a financial hit of thousands of euro and in some cases in excess of €100,000. This is financial ruin for these farm families.

“The ICBF came before the Agriculture Committee this morning and while they acknowledged the impact of index changes on some farmers and breeders, and stated that they do not want to see them negatively impacted, they are not willing to pause this and engage, as they should have in the first place.

“Instead they propose to establish a Stakeholders Forum next year, which makes no sense.

“I put it to the ICBF this morning that they should pause the changes to the index, revert to the previous index, and engage with all stakeholders now. For the sake of a number of months, I think this is a reasonable request.

“There are question marks over the new inclusion of carbon in the index, and while reducing green house gases is something we can all agree on, this is not the way to bring farmers with us when it comes to climate action.

“In their fair criticism of the proposed changes, farmers have been clear that they will follow the data and the science when it comes to farming practices. However, that data and science must also be underpinned by engagement with suckler farmers and breeders. This has not happened.

“I have been actively engaging with farmers, cattle breeders and representative organisations on this matter and know well the frustration and worry that this situation has caused.

“Two weeks ago, I called for an overhaul of the SCEP scheme in light of these changes. The Minister needs to engage on this also. I will be raising these matters under Priority Questions with the Minister tomorrow morning.

“It is critical that he works with the ICBF to come up with a solution that works for suckler farmers and breeders, and this is something that I will be pushing for.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Gardaí must be given all necessary support to end scenes of intimidation at Malahide Road – Pa Daly TD

"This is a community under attack from people determined to spread fear and hate. The community wants the mindless violence to stop immediately."

There are serious questions to be answered about the use of Shannon Airport. We're talking about potential complicity in Israeli genocide.

The time has come to impose sanctions on Israel's regime, which has been responsible for the deaths of up to 185,000 people @Farrell_Mairead

Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha condemns ‘deplorable’ violent criminal acts on Malahide Road

"This is an effort to spread fear and hate in our communities and the vast majority of decent people want nothing to do with it."

The next time a ball is kicked for the European Championship, it could be at Casement Park!

This is our time to shine on the global stage. Let’s make it happen!


Load More