Category Archives: Ireland’s Beef Sector

BREXIT IN A WORLD THAT DOES NOT CHANGE

I have not rushed into the post-Brexit debate, it needed a period of reflection. I did, however, go into the Referendum with the viewpoint that the most impacted upon place was not going to be within the United Kingdom itself … Continue reading

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WHERE DO YOU FIND IRISH BEEF IN UK SUPERMARKETS?

This article is the follow-up to an earlier Blog post, “Is Irish beef all about mince and meatballs?”. Its aim is to illustrate why there is a differential between Irish and British beef; a differential which some farming leaders in … Continue reading

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IS IRISH BEEF ALL ABOUT MINCE AND MEATBALLS?

There is a weekly publication in the UK called Beef Industry News [BIN]. It is written by Robert Forster [www.rforster.com], [probably] the UK’s leading commentator on the beef industry. It makes fascinating reading as its author has an extensive network … Continue reading

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THE IRISH BEEF FARMER NEEDS TO HAVE OPTIONS?

So another Beef Round Table has come and on gone. And has it moved the Irish beef industry forwards; has it made it a more cohesive, supply-chain-partnership-driven whole? From an outsider’s perspective, the export-focused supply-chain remains largely antagonistic; it is … Continue reading

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GRASS-FED BEEF THE AMERICAN WAY

The news that the US beef market is to open its doors to Irish beef has been widely discussed in the last week. It is news that is also accompanied by the use of the words ‘Irish’, ‘premium’ and ‘grass-fed’. … Continue reading

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IRISH BEEF AND THE NEED FOR A PARTING OF THE WAYS

It was some 25 years ago that we at Wye College, University of London moved to develop the food industry management group to work alongside those of us working in agricultural and farm business management. It was a recognition of … Continue reading

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Irish and British cattle price comparisons

It is fascinating to read in the IFJ a little about what Bord Bia presented to the Beef Forum last week. It was a variation of former comparative analysis of cattle prices in Ireland and in its main export prices. … Continue reading

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THE IRISH FIDDLE WHILE THEIR BEEF PRODUCERS BURN

Since the author started investigating what is happening in the Irish beef sector he has considered that the crisis has resulted from a failure to understand what is happening in Ireland’s primary market, the UK. It shows a failure in … Continue reading

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WORKING WITHIN THE FARMING INDUSTRY’S CONSTRAINTS

The following is a paragraph I wrote recently about the Irish beef industry; “The absolute priority is to work within the constraints placed upon the beef industry by, for example, its small-farm structure and fragmented land ownership. This is simply … Continue reading

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TO REGULATE OR NOT TO REGULATE

The calls for a Regulator for the Irish beef sector intrigue me. I am just not sure what a Regulator can really do in a country [and an EU] where the free market rules and there is thus little that … Continue reading

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