15 FEBRUARY 2019
ICSA beef chairman Edmund Graham has said the beef trade is absolutely toxic for farmers. “Seeing prices which are down 40c/kg (€160 on a 400kg carcass)compared to the summertime is a real sign that winter finishing is in total crisis. Bull beef is now being hit with weight limits of 400kg which is absolutely unsustainable for bull beef coming from the suckler herd on top of prices which are about €1.50/Kg less than what is needed.”
Meanwhile it is abundantly clear that the glut of dairy calves is causing havoc to the trade as well. There is no case for dairy bull beef systems as loss making is inevitable and all that is being achieved is to undermine the beef demand/ supply balance.
We need answers now from processors on whether there is any reason for farmers to feed cattle over the coming twelve months. The old live horse and you’ll get grass attitude is no longer acceptable.”