The CAP not fitting for beef and suckler farmers

The IFA Livestock Committee has strongly criticised the proposals put forward for suckler and beef farmers in the Department of Agriculture’s CAP consultation document.

Brendan Golden said members are very disappointed at the lack of ambition to provide meaningful support to the sector, and at the underhanded attempts to limit the national suckler herd through the proposed suckler cow scheme.

He warned that any attempt to limit or cap the national suckler herd has been rejected out of hand and will not be accepted by IFA, adding that Irish suckler farmers operate one of the most environmentally sustainable beef farming systems in the world.

Brendan Golden says there has been a huge response from farmers right across the west and north west and the general consensus is the proposals are not acceptable.