social democracy today.

  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. 

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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