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Old 12-09-2019, 06:03 PM
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It's curtains for the beef trade.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:11 PM
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Fuck all mince in aldi this evening
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:13 PM
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Chicken fillets
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:43 PM
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It's curtains for the beef trade.
Bravo!!!
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The beef farmers are making an absolute bollox of this for themselves.

On the eve of Brexit, where we could see British demand for Irish beef plummit due to tariffs, the beef farmers are burning bridges with the domestic market and suppliers.

And in the meantime, restaurant owners are saying that they are going to have to source beef from Northern Ireland as supply from Irish producers will have dried up next week.

A monumental fuck up, as if the agriculture sector wasn't in enough peril with Brexit.
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Reports of fellas on the picket line in kilkenny wearing balaclavas,
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Reports of fellas on the picket line in kilkenny wearing balaclavas,

Are you sure they weren't ballyclavas?
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Are you sure they weren't ballyclavas?
Absolute disgrace, I wonder will these boyo's get the same treatment as water protesters from the relevant authorities. I am not holding my breath.
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This is just one symptom of a huge and complex problem. Agriculture as a business model in Ireland is fucked, particularly for the smaller farmers and those on marginal land. If you walked some of the land with sucklers, especially in the midlands and west, you wouldn't think they were producing a premium product, or anything like it.

It's not just a business, however, it's a lifestyle and it is the overriding factor in our landscape. Farming is inextricably linked with our national identity, like it or not. We have one of the lowest percentages of conservation land in Europe, because we are trying to squeeze every last drop out of the land, whether it's suitable or not.

We need to decide what we want. We're a top class food-production nation, but that doesn't mean everything is premium. Fewer and fewer younger people are seeing the family farm as a sustainable, full time job, with an accompanying decline in rural life. Climate change pressures mean that beef production is increasingly unsustainable. An expected increase in rainfall means that in one part of a river catchment, we're 'improving the land' (I.e. moving water more quickly into the river), while elsewhere we are building quay walls you can't even see over, to prevent our towns from flooding.

It's fucked and it's time for people to start facing the truth and being honest about it, because anything else is just storing up bigger problems.
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This is just one symptom of a huge and complex problem. Agriculture as a business model in Ireland is fucked, particularly for the smaller farmers and those on marginal land. If you walked some of the land with sucklers, especially in the midlands and west, you wouldn't think they were producing a premium product, or anything like it.

It's not just a business, however, it's a lifestyle and it is the overriding factor in our landscape. Farming is inextricably linked with our national identity, like it or not. We have one of the lowest percentages of conservation land in Europe, because we are trying to squeeze every last drop out of the land, whether it's suitable or not.

We need to decide what we want. We're a top class food-production nation, but that doesn't mean everything is premium. Fewer and fewer younger people are seeing the family farm as a sustainable, full time job, with an accompanying decline in rural life. Climate change pressures mean that beef production is increasingly unsustainable. An expected increase in rainfall means that in one part of a river catchment, we're 'improving the land' (I.e. moving water more quickly into the river), while elsewhere we are building quay walls you can't even see over, to prevent our towns from flooding.

It's fucked and it's time for people to start facing the truth and being honest about it, because anything else is just storing up bigger problems.
Agreed. Farmers should be asking what they can do for the rest of society rather than what we can do for them.

For example, there could be some sort of grants given to allow farmers to develop walking or cycling tracks on their lands, so that everybody can get enjoyment from the countryside.

I'd have some sympathy for the beef farmers though because the Dept., Bord Bia, Teagasc etc. have probably been encouraging them to ramp up production, and trying to push it up the value chain, but vegetarianism seems to be growing even in traditional meat-eating cultures like Germany.
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