Beef Plan meet­ings at Ken­mare, Kan­turk

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARM FINANCE - Stephen Cado­gan

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.beef­

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