Beef Plan meetings at Kenmare, Kanturk
The Beef Plan movement to save and rejuvenate beef farming in Ireland will be introduced to Cork and Kerry farmers at two meetings next week.
At meetings in Kenmare Mart on Tuesday, December 11 and Kanturk Mart on Wednesday, December 12 (both at 8pm), farmers will hear about the Beef Plan bid to regain control and return a cost of production price plus a profit margin, as a minimum. North Cork farmer Jason Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Irish Farmers with Designated Land (IFDL), said most farmers in designated areas have a common cause for far better prices for their produce.
He said he felt compelled to organise a Beef Plan event after attending a similar meeting in Kilkenny.
“If we don’t change the beef system urgently, it won’t be long before the lights go out for good.”
He said the main speakers in Kanturk Mark will be farmers, including Eamon Corley, one of the founders of the Beef Plan initiative. Mr Fitzgerald said the Beef Plan is for both beef and dairy farmers and aims to unite 40,000 farmers in a bid to negotiate better beef prices for their members. Beef Plan is a voluntary, farmer-driven, not-for-profit organisation with an eight-phase strategy (see www.beefplan.ie)