Earlier this week, Patrick Kent of the ICSA conveyed a sceptical response to the proposal of an early slaughter premium as a mean of maintaining suckler numbers.
The ICSA noted that premia were introduced previously and stressed that during the coupled payments era, beef prices stuck at €2.50/kg.
Kent questioned if a slaughter premium focused on early slaughter is compatible with claiming the sale of grass-fed-beef. He also stressed that the suggested premium would provide unfair competition for live exports to markets including Turkey.
ICSA is also concerned that this proposal would be utilised to support dairy-bred bull beef.
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