Beef and lamb

Ulster Farmers Union
Brendan Kelly


Ulster Farmers Union
Crawford Wilson


Kellie Rouse

Policy officer

Latest figures from the EU Meat Market Observatory. The aim of this is to provide the EU beaf & veal and pigmeat sector with more transparency by means of disseminating market data and short-term analysis in a timely manner. In addition to the website, which is updated regularly, the Observatory has an Expert Group which meets at least 3 times a year.

Current issues the committee is considering:
  • Brexit – developing policies on future trade arrangements and agricultural support mechanisms
  • Campaigning for better prices for farmers
  • Representing farmers views with processors and retailers
  • Animal health – primarily in relation to bovine TB and BVD eradication
  • Supporting an NI livestock genomics programme
  • NI Marketing body
  • Seeking flexibility on regulatory controls for cattle and sheep
  • Beef and lamb promotion
  • BSE negligible risk status – maximising the benefits for the NI industry
  • Lobbying for new beef research facilities at AFBI and CAFRE
  • Providing representation on the NI Farm Quality Assurance Board
  • Farm Business Investment Scheme
  • Environmental Farming Scheme
  • EU Exceptional Aid Package