Meat of the matter: The future for beef farming

Meat of the matter: The future for beef farming View Gallery
Record-breaking crowds visited this year’s National Ploughing Championships Picture: PA Wire

With angry confrontations at the National Ploughing Championships, farmers protesting outside meat factories, global trade deals and concerns about climate, the future of beef farming in Ireland looks increasingly gloomy

Miraculously calm and sunny weather graced the National Ploughing Championships last week as a record-breaking 297,000 people descended on the annual farming celebration in Carlow. But by Wednesday afternoon, at the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) stand, there was a storm brewing.

Angry beef farmers ambushed top IFA executives on their own turf, lambasting them for the low price of cattle and the IFA’s role in the recent beef talks.

As excited crowds began to circle...

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