Livestock farmers are under immense income pressure from falling cattle prices, increased costs, severe weather conditions all year and the erosion of direct payments, according to IFA national livestock chairman Angus Woods.
He said the income crisis in the livestock sector must be urgently addressed by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and he cannot allow Budget 2019 pass without delivering on the IFA proposal for the introduction of a €200 targeted payment for suckler cows.
He said the October Budget was Minister Creed’s last chance to deliver on the €200 for suckler farmers, who were “on their knees in terms of low incomes and rising costs”.
Confidence was at a very low ebb in the suckler sector after the horrendous year they have been through and they were now facing a very difficult market situation for the sale of weanlings and stores, he said.
n addition to the €200 suckler cow payment, he called on Minister Creed to show much more support for the low income livestock sector.