Roscommon IFA demands support for Brexit-hit farmers

Roscommon IFA claims the government needs to act now to support farmers who are already experiencing cuts as a result of Brexit.

Reacting to the ESRI report showing the impact of various Brexit scenarios, the IFA says the government and the European Commission must immediately bring forward a comprehensive support-package for farmers.

It claims farmers who are selling cattle at a base price of €3.75/kg for steers and €3.85/kg for heifers, are taking cuts of 20c-25c/kg below last year’s price levels, or reductions of up to €100 per head.

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Farmers selling young bulls have been hit for €200 per head.

Jim O’Connor, the chairman in Roscommon IFA, believes farmers should be given €20 per head for every 5c/kg cut, and he says a scheme needs to start as soon as possible.