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Co-Operation among Irish Beef Farmers: Current Perspectives and Future Prospects in the Context of New Producer Organisation (PO) Legislation

Version 1 : Received: 19 September 2018 / Approved: 20 September 2018 / Online: 20 September 2018 (04:16:57 CEST)

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Teresa, H.; Áine, M.-W.; Olive, M.; Carol, P.; Maeve, H. Co-Operation among Irish Beef Farmers: Current Perspectives and Future Prospects in the Context of New Producer Organisation (PO) Legislation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4085. Teresa, H.; Áine, M.-W.; Olive, M.; Carol, P.; Maeve, H. Co-Operation among Irish Beef Farmers: Current Perspectives and Future Prospects in the Context of New Producer Organisation (PO) Legislation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4085.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 4085
DOI: 10.3390/su10114085

Abstract

Irish beef farms have experienced poor viability longitudinally, with officially acknowledged ‘crisis’ levels in 2013. In response, beef Producer Organisation (PO) legislation was introduced. Through the lens of international evidence in the literature about how POs function, this paper presents an analysis of Irish stakeholders’ views in the context of a public consultation process. While stakeholders indicate the need for individual POs to collaborate, little emphasis is placed on other factors necessary for success: collaboration with other chain actors; and market differentiation of products. Stakeholders identified primary threats as poor engagement on the part of both farmers and processors/purchasers.

Subject Areas

Ireland; beef farms; Producer Organisations (POs), product differentiation; co-operatives; values-based supply chain

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