Beef farmers have “nothing to lose” after the collapse of negotiations

Talks between beef farmers and meat processors remain deadlocked after the collapse of negotiations yesterday.

IFA president Joe Healey wanted to discuss prices at the meeting, but the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said that this was not possible under existing competition law.

Margaret Donnelly, Editor of Irish Independent Farming, said that pricing was the main issue that had thousands of farmers out at factory gates.

Meat Industry Ireland today said its members are facing an indefinite cessation of cattle slaughtering due to the ongoing blockades.

However, Donnelly said that farmers on the picket lines feel that they have “nothing to lose” due to pricing concerns and struggles to see where a breakthrough will come from: