Updated: 15/01/16 : 06:28:38
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Co-Ops urged to support dairy farmers through challenging spring

Welcoming this week’s announcements by Lakeland, Glanbia and Kerry that they would hold the December milk price, IFA Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said he was urging all co-ops to follow suit. He also asked them to give a clear price commitment for spring 2016 in recognition of what will be a very challenging time for farmers. “The announcement by Ornua that it will pay member co-ops an additional €15m cash bonus, following from the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 26/01/16 : 06:07:01
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ICOS announces new CEO Designate

T.J. Flanagan will be appointed CEO of ICOS in July 2016 T.J. Flanagan, currently national Dairy Policy Executive of ICOS, has been announced as CEO Designate of the organisation.  He will take up his new role in July 2016 following from the forthcoming retirement of Seamus O’Donohoe who has directed ICOS with distinction over a long career as CEO and formerly as Company Secretary and Director of Member [...]  Read More...

Updated: 02/02/16 : 04:22:33
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Comiskey highlights concerns with sale of Slaney Meats

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo Leitrim Michael Comiskey and the party’s Spokesperson for Agriculture in the Seanad has today spoken out about a potential monopoly which has arisen in beef and lamb markets, due to the sale of Slaney Meats to ABP Food Group.“This sale is causing huge concern among the farming community as it gives ABP control of 40% of Ireland’s sheep market and 28% of the beef market. This sale raises serious concerns on [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/01/16 : 06:52:07
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Taskforce on flooding must be more than talking shop - Turley

IFA Flood Project Chairman Tom Turley has welcomed the announcement by the Government of a hardship fund to deal with the losses farmers have incurred as a result of the recent flooding. On the establishment of a taskforce, Tom Turley said various initiatives announced in the past have turned out to be toothless. “This will have to deliver for farmers and rural communities, with a meaningful impact on the ground to alleviate the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 11/01/16 : 13:15:23
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GLAS commonage farmers shortchanged

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to instruct his Department to allow for a higher GLAS payment to be made in the part payment to commonage farmers. Flor McCarthy said that the Department is paying the full three-month payment to any commonage farmers on the first 17ha only.  As a result, IFA estimate that in some cases farmers are being left short and will have to [...]  Read More...