Transparency and suckler farming were the hot topics at the IFA hustings in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Tuesday 5 November. Deputy presidential candidates Thomas Cooney and Brian Rushe were the first to address the room.

Cavanman Cooney, a dairy and beef farmer and the IFA’s current environment chair, said he would like to see new grading machines installed in factories to ensure that fair and accurate images could be properly assessed.