Fears for job losses in Donegal over lack of supports for suckler farms

There's a warning that 52,000 full-time jobs and 14,000 suckler farms will be lost from Ireland's beef industry over the next decade unless action is taken.

Sucklers in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan are said to generate €445m in direct and indirect economic output and 8,600 jobs.

A recent analysis shows that the western and border counties are particularly reliant on the suckler herd, but its positive effect on the economy is felt nationwide.

Beef Editor with the Irish Farmers Journal Adam Woods says the Government must provide additional supports as a matter of urgency: