A delegation from Meat Industry Ireland (MII), comprising the main beef processors in Ireland, met with Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney yesterday evening to discuss the cattle and beef trade.

According to a spokesman for MII, it was a constructive meeting covering a wide range of issues both current and medium-term relevant to the sector.

“Industry will continue dialogue with the department in relation to market requirements and beef sector development,” he added.

According to MII, its members reaffirmed their commitment at the meeting to continue to address short-term supply issues in the finished cattle trade and highlighted that since the MII meeting with the Irish Farmers Association leadership in early January, there had been a steady increase in the weekly processing of young bulls.

“Weekly throughput of young bulls has increased from 4,000 head/week to 6,500 head/week without compromising orderly marketing,” the spokesman said.

“Processors committed to maintain these throughput levels over the coming weeks. They also resolved to assist in addressing difficulties any individual producers are experiencing.”

At the request of the minister, MII member companies aim now to ensure that their livestock offices are available to deal with any cases where producers have particular queries or concerns on the marketing of their stock.

“In that context, producers can contact their relevant MII member,” the spokesman added.

The contact details are listed below:

ABP Bandon: 023-8841184; ABP Clones: 047-51223
Ashbourne Meat Processors: 0505-21411
Dawn Meats: 051-309200
Dunbia Slane: 046-9024127
Foyle Donegal: 074-9140228
Kepak Group: 01-8015000 / 086-0423716
Kildare Chilling: 045-530400
Liffey Meats: 049-8545300
Moyvalley Meats: 046-9551041
Slaney Foods: 053-9377155