Denis Naughten has called for the establishment of a distinctive brand for Irish grass fed suckler beef – similar to Kerrygold – that could attract premium prices on key overseas markets.
“Our Irish suckler beef is being sold as minced meat rather than maximising the price for premium cuts like fillet steak,” stated Denis Naughten. “And in reality, the situation is even worse than that because Irish processors are directly competing against each other undercutting their price, which ultimately is impacting on Irish farmers’ pockets
“We will never get a premium price for our Irish beef based on the current model which is putting all the power in the hands of the processors to return fair prices to Irish farmers.
“We need a distinctive Irish brand, just like Kerrygold, for our grass fed suckler beef to secure a premium price and pass that directly back to farmers. It should be the responsibility of Bord Bia to drive that forward with producers across the country.”
Denis Naughten added: “It is important that we point out to consumers that 70% of the deforestation of the Amazon – the lungs of our planet – is to provide land for cattle ranches. Some 11% of the greenhouse gas emissions involved in food production is directly linked to food transportation.
“Therefore we need to supply European beef to European consumers” said Denis Naughten