NEWRY & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin MLA has said beef farmers are facing an up-hill struggle as prices drop to more than 20p lower than mainland GB prices.
Mr Irwin said farmers were angry with this unexpected price drop and called on factories here to step up to the plate and offer equal pricing.
He stated: “I have been approached by a number of beef farmers who are really angered by this continual downward spiral in pricing over the past few months and when we look across the water to mainland Britain and see prices 20p per kilo higher, farmers are rightly questioning why factories here are undercutting?
“Beef farming is simply not sustainable at the current prices and this is the message I am getting from constituents involved in the sector.
Prices for beef must accurately reflect the costs of production as farmers cannot continue to produce beef at a loss, it simply doesn’t make any sense.”
He concluded: “There is absolutely no justification in factories here cutting farmers by such a huge amount compared to the rest of the UK and it is high time factories stepped up to the mark and gave farmers a fair price for their product.”
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