ICSA chief cautious over reopening of Japanese beef trade

Gabriel Gilmartin, president, ICSA

Gabriel Gilmartin, president, ICSA

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has said that while the reopening of the Japanese market for Irish beef is positive, it remains to be seen how much it impacts beef prices in the long run.

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said: “While additional revenue of up to €15m for the Irish beef industry is a very welcome development, it is not enough to make a significant impact on beef prices in the coming months.

“However, it sends out a very positive signal on the quality of Irish beef and the meat industry must build on this to deliver better prices.” Mr Gilmartin commended the Taoiseach, Mr Kenny, and the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Coveney, on their efforts in securing the agreement with the Japanese.

Meanwhile, ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan said there was an emerging crisis of confidence in the beef, particularly linked to an increasing difficulty in getting young bulls slaughtered.


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