Local farmers call for factory-controlled feedlots to be excluded from beef package

Local farmers are calling for factory-controlled feedlots to be excluded from the €100 million beef package.

Last week, a 50 million euro fund to support Ireland’s beef sector was agreed by the European Commission. And under the plan, the government here can match the figure, bringing the total potential aid package to 100 million.

Feedlots have been criticised for being effectively controlled by factories and having a large stake in finishers. Speaking to Northern Sound, freelance journalist Declan O’Brien said a straight payment per head would anger many smaller farmers.