Recent issues raised by beef farmers and the injustice they are experiencing made me reflect on what solutions could help them. Most Irish beef is exported. Ireland is a major beef producer. The beef industry is a major domestic industry. Many customers complain that the price of meat is very high. Farmers receive a price for their cattle that barely helps them survive. Farmers are appealing to the government and to Europe to help them.
The Co Op movement is a movement that I have always being interested in. The Co Op movement in the dairy sector has served farmers well in the past. It has insured that farmers recieve a fair price for their produce. Beef farmers are depended on factory owners who in the main seek to pay farmers as low a price as possible. If beef farmers had their own Co Op factories then they could control their destiny and receive a fairer price. Competition would be introduced into this market and customers and retailers would benefit from increased competition.
I may send this blog to the national and local media. I hope to receive feedback from the IFA and farmers themselves.
John O Brien.