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ICSA: Farmers’ Frustrations Reach Boiling Point

Jun 18, 2014 | Press Releases | 0 comments

18th June 2014

As the beef crisis continues with no resolution in sight, members of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association have voiced their frustration through a poster campaign at today’s Teagasc Beef Open Day at Grange, Co. Meath. The posters, displayed on approach roads to today’s event, highlight the key issues facing beef and suckler farmers, including unsustainably low prices, the need for regulation of the beef industry and the sudden arbitrary change in factory specifications. “Farmers simply cannot take any more,” said ICSA President Patrick Kent. “Our members have seen their livelihoods eroded by the current crisis and ICSA is demanding an immediate response from both processers and retailers.” More to follow…

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