ICSA sceptical new approval will increase beef exports to the US

The Chairman of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association in Donegal says he is skeptical that Irish beef exports will increase to the United States as a result of a new approval this week.

Politicians have been quick to welcome the US approval of the unique high quality of Irish beef stating that it will promote the unique qualities with a view to increasing imports to the US.

Some of the qualities that will be highlighted include the more than 80% grass diet of irish cattle, full traceability and the absence of growth hormones and anti-biotics.

However, Malcolm Thompson, the head of the ICSFA in Donegal says while the idea is positive he is skeptical exports will increase to the US: