Over 200% mark-up on beef shows shoppers & farmers fleeced – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

  Irish shoppers are paying high food prices yet farmers are not getting the benefit with the situation worsening over the last 15 years, according to a survey released today by Denis Naughten TD.   “The survey carried out this week, excluding special offers, shows that the farmer gets €3.76 for a kilo of beef while shoppers are paying on …

Irish suckler beef 35 times better for environment that from Brazil – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, News, Uncategorized by Denis Naughten

Taoiseach agrees to evaluate environmental aspect of deal   Denis Naughten has secured a commitment from the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the environmental and climate aspect of the Mercosur deal will be evaluated by Government, not just the economic aspects of the deal. The Roscommon Galway TD believes that such an evaluation will expose the fact that the carbon footprint …

Plan to pay farmers less with new grading machines underhand – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Is Department afraid what accurate grading would show up?   The disclosure today that the Department of Agriculture has included a new carcass grading equation that would reduce conformation scores on cattle as part of the trial of new beef grading machines has been condemned by Denis Naughten TD as an “underhand action by the sector without any consultation with …

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Government could be sacrificing farm viability for oil industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has claimed the Government could be sacrificing family farm viability to support the oil industry by continuing to issue oil exploration licences. “While there has been much talk by Government on the need for agriculture to change to meet the climate challenge, it seems that it is not prepared to act on its own advice when it …

Minister admits grading machines can be more accurate – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Yet getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle is ok?   The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD has written to Denis Naughten pointing out that the figures on the accuracy of beef grading machines at Departmental inspections can be as high as 94.8% for fat cover, a full 10% higher than first disclosed. Denis Naughten has …

Naughten tells Dáil grading machines getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called for the replacement of outdated beef grading machines after he told Dáil Éireann that “on 38 occasions the grading machines were getting the grades wrong for more than four out of every ten animals that were being graded”. He pointed out that the legal tolerance limit set for beef grading machines currently in use in …

Naughten urges submissions to Dáil review of Beef sector

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is encouraging farmers and farm representatives to respond to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine invitation for written submissions on the future of the beef sector.   “The objective of the Committee’s consideration of this topic is to identify the policy adjustments which are required to ensure that the beef sector continues to …

Beef famers could be losing €140/head on defective grading – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Beef farmers could be losing €140 plus per animal due to defective grading machines in meat plants across the country claims Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten. Over the last two years, 21 mechanical beef grading machines were found not to be grading correctly and the Department of Agriculture instructed that they be replaced with manual grading of carcasses. However there …

We need a ‘Kerrygold’ brand for our beef – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

https://youtu.be/NHa03JIha6s Bord Bia plan for promoting Suckler Beef welcome development   Speaking on the emergency Brexit law in the Dáil last week, Denis Naughten called for the establishment of a distinctive Irish brand for “certified grass-fed, extensively reared suckler beef” from Ireland that could command a premium price on key world markets. Denis Naughten highlighted the need to explore the …