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Despite all major farming organisations agreeing on a deal following the second round of beef talks at the weekend, a number of individuals have continued to protest outside meat processing plants nationwide.
- The immediate introduction of a new bonus of 8c/kg for steers and heifers aged between 30-36 months, which meet all non-age related existing in-spec criteria, and which up to now have not received any bonus;
- An immediate increase of two thirds of the current in-spec for steers and heifers from 12c/kg to 20c/kg;
- The introduction of a new in-spec bonus of 12c/kg for steers and heifers under-30 months in the categories of grade O- and fat score 4+ which currently does not qualify for any bonus;
- The in-spec 70-day residency requirement will be reduced to 60 days on the last farm;
- Bord Bia will develop a Beef Market Price Index Model based on three components – cattle price index, beef market price index (retail and wholesale) and an offal price indicator, which will be introduced the week commencing September 16;
- An immediate scientific review of the Quality Payment Grid by Teagasc, the first stage of the review, a desk-top analysis of the pricing structure of the grid on the basis of meat yield/conformation, to be completed by the end of October;
- The establishment of a Beef Market Taskforce.
Additionally, strand two of the agreement, entitled “Strategic Structural Reforms”, sets out strategic measures which seek to address “structural imbalances” in the beef sector.