‘We cannot and will not condone illegal blockading of meat plants’ – Beef Plan

The Beef Plan Movement has stated that it “cannot and will not” condone the illegal blockading of factories.

In a statement, issued by the group’s co-chairman Hugh Doyle and Eamon Corley, the movement said it will continue to support farmers that want to exercise their right to peaceful protest.

The communication follows a decision in the High Court yesterday, Friday, August 30, whereby a permanent injunctions were upheld to prevent illegal blockading across all Dawn Meats plants, with similar orders given for other factories too.

read the full story – AgriLand

Claire McCormack

Beef sector deadlock continues as protest force closure of 12 plants

Some protestors have told the High Court they will not obstruct meat processors

There is no indication of a resumption of talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the beef sector, as a number of protesters gave commitments to the High Court on Friday they would not obstruct the work of meat processing plants.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has contacted the main farm organisations, urging them to get involved in diffusing the situation.

read the full story – Irish Times

Colm Keena

‘I feel very empty’: Northamptonshire farmer speaks out after more than 25 of his sheep illegally slaughtered

A farmer who lost more than 25 lambs and ewes in the latest incident of illegal sheep butchery in Northamptonshire has told of his frustration and upset.

Patrick Green, of Church Farm, Harpole, has spent his life breeding and raising sheep with his father James.

But police officers discovered at least 26 of his lambs and New Zealand Suffolk x Mule breeding ewes killed and illegally slaughtered overnight in a field off Roman Road and Sandy Lane, between Duston and Harpole, in the early hours of yesterday morning (Friday, August 30).

read the full story – Northampton Chronicle

Jack Duggan

No ‘scientific’ reason to ban chlorine-washed chicken, Defra scientist says

There is no ‘scientific’ reason’ to ban chlorine-washed chicken or hormone beef in any trade deal post-Brexit, Defra’s chief scientist says.

Sir Ian Boyd, who is leaving the post this month after seven years, said there is no evidence that the practice is harmful to public health.

Speaking to Sky News, he said the British public should be allowed to choose whether or not they want to eat it.

read the full story – Farming UK

China to release frozen meat from reserves to boost supplies

China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday it will seek to boost pork imports and also release frozen pork, beef and mutton from state reserves in “due course” to increase the supply of meat in the market.

The comments come as pork prices in the world’s top consumer of the meat hit a record after an epidemic of African swine fever swept through the country’s pig herd, killing millions.

The country’s hog herd has shrunk by almost a third since a year ago, according to official data, and pork prices have soared since June.

read the full story – Farming Independent

Tom Hogue

Farmers to picket at factory today despite visiting Chinese delegation

A visiting Chinese delegation inspecting Irish meat-processing plants may witness a stand-off at one facility today after efforts to broker a temporary lifting of the picket were rejected.

Protesters outside ABP in Bandon, Co Cork, have been engaged in the demonstrations over beef prices and had said they would suspend their actions.

Accountant Kieran Coughlan, asked by farmers to act as a broker, said he contacted ABP in Bandon and said those on the picket would withdraw for the duration of the visit by the Chinese delegation across Friday and Monday, if the company lifted its injunction against protest at the plant and if a restricted number of livestock were allowed access.

read the full story – Irish Examiner

Noel Baker, Aodhan O’Faolain, and Ray Managh

Meat processors say significant lay-offs inevitable as protests shut down 12 plants

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the association which represents the meat processing sector in Ireland, has said this morning that the continued ‘blockading’ of beef processing plants across the country has already forced companies into staff lay-offs and, if this coordinated illegal disruption continues, further significant staff lay-offs in the coming days are inevitable.

MII said operations have now been brought to a halt in 12 plants and called on protestors stop the blockades immediately.

It claimed that it is extremely damaging for the entire Irish beef sector that for the second time in just three weeks, hard won customers of Irish beef are being left without deliveries.

read the full story – Independent

Ciaran Moran

Liffey Meats owner secures temporary injunction against protesters

The owner of three beef processing plants has secured a temporary High Court injunction restraining protesters from blockading of its factories and from intimidating their staff and suppliers.

The order was granted in favour of Liffey Meats, which owns and operates plants outside Ballinasloe in Co Roscommon, Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan and Hackettstown in Co Carlow.

At today’s vacation sitting of the High Court, Mr Justice David Barniville was told that the slaughtering of animals at the plants had ceased due to protestors blocking the entrances.

read the full story – Irish Examiner

Aodhan O’Faolain and Ray Managh

EU export growth thwarted by Chinese trade lull

EU exports of pig meat (including offal) totalled 305,300 tonnes in June. While this is still up by 10% on the year, it is considerably less than the annual growth seen in April and May.

EU pig meat exports in June were:

  • Fresh/frozen pork up 11% year-on-year, at 182,400 tonnes;
  • Offal up9% year-on-year, at 104,300 tonnes; and
  • Processed pig products up1% year-on-year, to 18,500 tonnes.

read the full story – Pig World

Simon King