Sheep farmers tell Tánaiste of Brexit fears

Sheep farmers tell Tánaiste of Brexit fears

Sheep farmers have told Tánaiste Simon Coveney of their concern about the impact of Brexit on the sector.

Irish Farmers Association Sheep Committee chairman Sean Dennehy raised the fears when a delegation from Cork IFA met with the Foreign Affairs Minister.

“We raised Brexit-specific sheep issues on the New Zealand lamb quota, the impact of exchange rates, tariffs on UK imports, Northern Ireland lamb imports, the land bridge route, and the need for compensation,” he said.

Mr Dennehy said the IFA delegation also highlighted important issues regarding the financing of the Common Agricultural Policy budget and the need to protect direct payments to farmers.

Sheep farmers are critical to environmental sustainability, especially in hill and mountain areas, and it is essential that there is a strong environmental payment to farmers in the next CAP, he said.

Last week, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association Sheep Committee chairman Sean McNamara said large quantities of lambs are coming from the north, and warned that they are “only serving to undercut the prices paid to Irish farmers (in the Republic).”

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