Irish Farmers Association: Minister must open new beef marketsStaff writer ▼ | August 12, 2015
Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Eddie Downey said the announcements from the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney on access to new beef markets to the U.S. and China must be turned into real delivery.
Irish farmers Eddie Downey of Ireland wants government do more
He said there must be real delivery on getting real access to new markets. The IFA President said it was very clear from the recent Beef Forum meeting that a lot more work needs to be done in getting more beef plants approved for export to the US.
In addition, the Forum was also told that Ireland is still working on clearance for manufacturing beef exports to the U.S., with Minister Coveney saying he is confident of delivering access for manufacturing beef to the US in the next number of months.
Eddie Downey said Minister Coveney also needs to make progress on a number of other important beef issues including increasing the age limit for prime cattle from 30 to 36 months, increased monitoring of carcase trim at the meat plants, more live exports, market transparency, and using the Department AIMS system to count relevant residencies. ■