‘Beef has to have a viable future to be an attractive career’

13 July 2017

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has said it is, ‘Critical that the foundations and structures of the future of the beef sector are robust enough to ensure generational renewal is a viable proposition in beef farming.’ He added, ‘Beef farming needs to be a profitable prospect as a career option for the sector to have a future.’

He was speaking after the tenth beef roundtable which took place in Dublin on Wednesday.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed noted the resilience the sector has shown in 2017 saying, ‘It is encouraging to see how the sector has responded positively in the first six months of 2017 to the challenges it has faced. In particular I note the strong performance of live exports which are 43% ahead of last year and the growing third country trade which has seen markets in Asia especially, showing strong increases in the value of exports in the first quarter.’

James Healy also welcomed the inclusion of new entrant young suckler beef farmers in the 2000 applicants to the second tranche of the Beef Genomic scheme commenting that it helps drive efficiency at farm level and said he looks forward to Macra na Feirme having the opportunity to present its vision for the industry at the next beef forum.