Updated: 16/04/15 : 07:51:21
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Maximum Tolerance Policy Essential for Farm Payments

Mismanagement by successive Government departments had led to a situation where hill farmers did not know their eligible land status for payments under the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she urged the Government to immediately establish a working group of farmers representatives and relevant Government departments to establish, with certainty, a formula which would clearly define the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/04/15 : 09:37:02
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Minister's refusal to defer TB regulations disappointing

IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to defer implementation of the TB regulations is very disappointing. He said IFA have identified a number of key issues in the regulation that must be addressed and the most appropriate way to deal with these was the deferral of the regulation.The IFA chairman said the Minister has given a commitment to IFA that the medication of animals [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/04/15 : 09:33:59
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New beef Genomics scheme must be realistic

IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns has said Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney must ensure that the terms and conditions for the new €100/€80 per head Beef Cow Genomic Scheme are practical and realistic for farmers. Henry Burns warned that if the criteria under the new scheme are set too high or are too complex, it will swallow up the financial benefits and turn away applications. He said “The Minister has acclaimed the benefits [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/04/15 : 09:22:21
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Don't overinterpret GDT results - O'Leary

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said the 10.8% fall in the average GDT auction price was obviously influenced by speculations of strong production increases in Europe post quota, which may well not materialise as European milk prices are below break-even in most member states.   He said the auction, at 23,000t, saw 42% less product traded than the same auction in 2014, confirming the trend of thin trade [...]  Read More...

Updated: 30/03/15 : 12:20:27
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IRD programme passes all hurdles in Brussels - IFA

At a meeting in Brussels, IFA has received confirmation from the EU Commission that Ireland’s seven-year €4bn Rural Development Plan has been passed technically and letters of comfort to implement all outstanding measures will be issued shortly.IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said it was now vitally important that the outstanding schemes such as TAMS, Knowledge Transfer, Beef Data and Genomics, targeted agri environment [...]  Read More...