Minister must not renege on ANC Budget increase – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

100% of payment must be made in September   Minister Michael Creed must not renege on the Budget increase of €23m for the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) payment which was agreed as part of the Budget 2019 discussions, says Denis Naughten TD. “As someone who was party to the Budget 2019 talks, it was fully understood that the €23m …

Questioning of grading accuracy leads to dramatic improvement – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

But still over 1 in 6 cattle grade less than 90% accurate     Questioning regarding the accuracy of beef grading machines by Denis Naughten has led to improvements in accuracy the local TD has claimed. “There has been a dramatic improvement in the accuracy of beef grading machines, which has improved by over one third,  since I first started …

Supermarkets must justify beef specifications – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

“Supermarkets must be included in the beef round table proposed by Minister Michael Creed to ensure that all aspects of the beef supply chain are fully examined” says Denis Naughten T.D.   “Minister Creeds intervention, while welcome, must go much further and include the supermarkets who need to provide a justification for the specifications that are being laid down by …

Beef farmers & shoppers being fleeced by secret margins – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Price transparency must be first item on emergency beef summit agenda “The huge frustration being expressed by beef farmers right across the country is a direct result of the failure of the meat industry to provide any transparency on their margin or the price they can secure for beef on export market,” says Denis Naughten TD. Speaking at Castlerea Agricultural …

Creed must convene emergency beef summit – Naughten

In Agriculture, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

As measure of goodwill Government must fast-track ban on unfair trade “Minister Michael Creed must convene an emergency summit of all the key players in the beef sector in light of growing tensions between farmers, processors and those regulating the beef sector,” says Denis Naughten. “From my discussions with many farmers this week, it is clear that they do not …

One million cattle on their way from Brazil – what will that do for our climate? Asks Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

“If the Mercosur deal is ratified it will see the equivalent of 1million cattle a year being transported up to 11,000km from South America” Denis Naughten told Dáil Éireann this afternoon.   The Roscommon Galway TD who will vote against the Mercosur deal tomorrow said that “Irish farmers get just €3.10 for every €10 paid for beef in our supermarkets …

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 …