Union representatives discuss livestock challenges

UK and Irish unions met in Stirling this week to discuss livestock concerns, including beef price difficulties.

Representatives were present from the National Farmers Union (NFU), NFU Cymru, Ulster Farmers Union, Irish Farmers Association and NFU Scotland.

Round the table, the beef and sheep market across Britain and Ireland was discussed, with the negative impact of short-term beef price signals being highlighted as a major concern.

CAP reform challenges were also on the agenda, with the entire group agreeing that CAP support must underpin productive agriculture.

There was also a presentation and discussion on Johne’s disease, an extremely serious ailment suffered by cattle and sheep.

NFUS livestock committee chairman Charlie Adam said: “We had a great couple of days, with some really helpful discussions.

“Clearly, dialogue between our organisations and our livestock sectors is vital as we look for solutions to shared challenges – whether that be in the marketplace or in animal health issues.” 

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