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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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€300/suckler cow scheme proposed

A political party has proposed a “landmark” suckler cow scheme that provides “a bold vision for Irish family farming and for rural Ireland”.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Matt Carthy TD, said the scheme, representing a commitment of an additional €107 million in spending, would be open to all suckler farmers.

This, he added, would have the greatest impact on small to medium-sized herdowners.

€300 for first 15 cow/calf pairings

Teachta Carthy said: “We recognise that for far too long the suckler farmer has not received a fair price for their premium produce; despite producing the best beef in the world, which is among the most environmentally sustainable beef produced in the world.”

In the party’s alternative budget, it said it will provide for a new suckler cow scheme that will deliver:

  • €300 for the first 15 cow/calf pair;
  • €150 for the next 15;
  • €80 for the remainder, up to 100.
Saving Irish family farms

“Sinn Féin are committed to a new plan for our farming families that delivers fair prices, a fair CAP and fair play.”
“We have a bold vision for Irish family farming and for rural Ireland.”

“Our suckler cow scheme is a central part of that, and we encourage the government to adopt this model in Budget 2021.”

“Through all the rhetoric of climate action, it is bizarre that government policies continue to promote an intensive beef production model that favours factory feedlots rather than the suckler family farm model.”

“Saving the Irish family farm is essential if we are to save our rural communities.”
Carthy said Sinn Féin’s alternative budget will deliver for both family farmers and the local communities that depend on them.

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