Updated: 24/07/14 : 17:58:40
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Lamb price cuts seriously damaged incomes

The lamb price cuts over recent weeks were excessive and seriously damaged sheep farmersí incomes. Lamb prices can rebound based on market returns and must be maintained to restore confidence to the sector. These were the strong messages delivered by the IFA President Eddie Downey and National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey in a meeting with all of the major lamb processors and Meat Industry Ireland in Dublin this week. Eddie Downey said [...]  Read More...

Updated: 24/07/14 : 18:01:18
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Quality assurance vital for exports - Downey

IFA President Eddie Downey said farmers recognise that the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Schemes across all the main farming sectors including beef, dairy and sheep are essential for market access to the higher value retail outlets in the UK, Europe and internationally.He said IFA are very supportive of a Quality Assurance Scheme that rewards farmers and reassures our retail and food service customers across the world that Irish food is of [...]  Read More...

Updated: 23/07/14 : 13:19:54
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IFA appoint new Director of European Affairs

IFA has appointed Liam McHale to the position of Director of European Affairs. He will succeed Michael Treacy, who has represented Irish farmers in Brussels for over 20 years. Since 2006, Liam has worked with Bord Bia as their Country Manager in Germany/Eastern Europe. In 2013, he took over responsibility for managing Italy, Switzerland and Greece for Bord Bia, based in Milan. While at Bord Bia, a key part of his [...]  Read More...

Updated: 24/07/14 : 17:53:43
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Urgent progress required on northern trade - IFA

Following the meeting between Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Minister Michelle O Neill this week, IFA President Eddie Downey said livestock farmers expect immediate progress on opening up the live trade for cattle to Northern Ireland. Eddie Downey said earlier this week IFA met with meat processors in Northern Ireland who want the live trade to open up and are prepared  to slaughter cattle from the Republic [...]  Read More...

Updated: 24/07/14 : 17:55:19
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Coveney's GLAS start-up date unacceptable to IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey has strongly criticised a statement from the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, suggesting that GLAS contracts will not commence until September 2015. This is totally unacceptable as it will lead to significant income pressures on thousands of farms throughout the country who will have finished their REPS agri-environment schemes. Eddie Downey said that the Minister must ensure that farmers who apply [...]  Read More...