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Minister McConalogue announces Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group

Press Release 16 June 2022


Minister McConalogue announces Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group


Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD today (16th June 2022) announced the establishment of the Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group.

Minister McConalogue commented: “The first meeting of the Group will take place today and I am looking forward to see it progress its crucial work. I have tasked the Group with providing an initial report to me by the end of September, setting out how we can plot a future for the sector over the next decade. Central to this will be assessing how we set out how we meet all elements of sustainability – environmental, societal and economic. Initially, I have asked the Group to examine how we can seek to reduce emissions associated with the beef sector with a final plan to be submitted by the end of November. The Group will then move on to progressing the other important actions for the beef and sheep sectors set out in the Food Vision 2030 strategy.

“The new Group is chaired by Professor Thia Hennessy and will include representatives from the farming organisations, the beef and sheep processing industry, my Department and relevant groups and agencies. I’m delighted to have Professor Hennessy on board, with her strong track record of advancing thinking on sustainable farming practices, leading this body of work.”

Minister McConalogue concluded: “Our suckler, beef and sheep sectors are ones that I have continually supported as Minister and I am convinced there is an exciting future for our farm families. The Beef and Sheep Group has crucial work to do in developing a roadmap for our farmers.

There is a bright future and I believe that as we become even more sustainable, meeting our climate targets, and ensuring that the market delivers a reward for our quality, sustainably produced food, particularly for our hard working and committed farmers.”

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