Ap­proval of beef farmer group ad­vi­sors starts

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Beef mar­ket ex­per ts are sought to help farm­ers take the first step to­wards ne­go­ti­at­ing col­lec­tively with pro­ces­sors on the price they re­ceive for an­i­mals for slaugh­ter.

A g r i c u l t u r e Mi n i s t e r Michael Creed has pub­lished a re­quest for ten­ders for ap­proval of fa­cil­i­ta­tors to ad­vise beef pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tions. Mr Creed said the fa­cil­i­ta­tors will ad­vise on es­tab­lish­ment and recog­ni­tion of the pro­ducer or­gan­i­sa­tions (POs) as le­gal en­ti­ties, and on farm busi­ness plan­ning and beef pro­duc­tion plan­ning for PO mem­bers.

“This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for groups of farm­ers for whom act­ing col­lec­tively will be a step into the un­known. By en­gag­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tors with nec­es­sary skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in these ar­eas, groups of farm­ers who may be en­gag­ing with each other on an in­for­mal ba­sis al­ready, through a dis­cus­sion group, for ex­am­ple, will be able to seek the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise to al­low them to act col­lec­tively in a more con­certed man­ner.”

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