Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Food and Horticulture, Jackie Cahill has said that the beef industry is on its knees with cow prices down by 33% since July 2018.

Deputy Cahill was speaking after raising the matter with the Taoiseach this week in the Dáil.

“Farmer returns are simply no longer viable and are unable to keep their businesses viable. It’s getting worse not better, and it seems to me that the Government is turning a blind eye to their plight.

“All we hear from the Taoiseach and the Government is that the Beef Forum is currently looking into the issue, but farmers need action.

“Traditionally, beef prices rise in the run in to Christmas, but this year, they are actually falling. Beef farmers are at being put to the pin of their collars and are desperately worried about their futures.

“40,000 head of beef are being slaughtered every week as there are no live exports at present. This is a serious challenge that requires a responsive Government and Department of Agriculture. Beef farmers need action and support,” concluded Cahill.