INHFA withdraws its support for the Beef and Sheep Vision Group’s final report

INHFA has withdrawn its support for the final Food Vision Group report discussed today.

Following a meeting of INHFA’s National Council earlier this week, the body was ordered to withdraw its support for the Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group.

The National Council expressed concern about Food Vision’s interim report, including proposals to lower the calving age to 24 months and the age for slaughter for cattle to 24 months.

A statement read at the meeting today and seen by Farming Independent said actions 8 and 9 of the interim report were “effectively a cull of our suckler herd” and “we cannot and should not proceed without a socio-economic one.” Assessment in relation to the farming system and the broader rural economy that supports those farming systems”.

Regarding a proposed reduction in calving age, INHFA said it had “always stated that this is not achievable in an extensive rearing model.” It goes on to say that this early calving date is not achievable for many mother farmers who often work on fragmented farms.

Additionally, INHFA said in its statement to the group that reducing the age of slaughter to 24 months in a proposal, even on a voluntary basis, would undermine mother farmers and those with extensive rearing systems.

She also told the meeting that this measure has the potential to allow price manipulation in the market and that by setting a 24-month battle target it could become a mandatory measure.

The INHFA said if the Food Vision group rejected the proposed actions, they would look back at the group.

The Beef and Sheep Food Vision Group was set up earlier this year by Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue along with a Dairy Vision Group to study how the beef and sheep sectors can reduce emissions.

It was envisaged that by the end of November the group would produce a final report to be submitted to the Minister. INHFA withdraws its support for the Beef and Sheep Vision Group’s final report

Fry Electronics Team

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