Updated: 11/01/17 : 12:02:19
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Farmers bore the brunt of Sterling weakness

Reacting to the Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects Report launched today (Wed), IFA President Joe Healy pointed out that it is mainly Irish farmers who have borne the pain of sterling weakness through lower prices, particularly for beef and mushrooms. IFA estimates that beef farmers have taken a hit of €150m in price cuts in 2016 as a result of the sterling devaluation. This decrease largely occurred following the UK referendum [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/01/17 : 12:43:31
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New €25m Sheep Welfare Scheme information meetings

Cathoirleach of South and West Sligo Municipal District Cllr Dara Mulvey, pictured, is highlighting the two public information events for farmers on the new €25m Sheep Welfare Scheme as recently announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD.The new Sheep Welfare Scheme will provides funding of up to €25 million for Irish sheep farmers in 2017. The scheme has been introduced in January as part [...]  Read More...

Updated: 11/01/17 : 06:27:56
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All GLAS payments must now be made - IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has called on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that all 10,000 farmers awaiting GLAS payments receive those payments immediately. Joe Brady said many of these farmers have incurred significant costs in compliance with the scheme through a combination of planner fees and actions to comply. Farmers are significantly out of pocket as a result of delays. The Rural Development [...]  Read More...

Updated: 11/01/17 : 06:31:49
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Winter finishers need substantial price rise - IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the cattle trade is stronger this week with factories paying a base of €3.80 for steers and €3.90 for heifers. He said deals involving higher prices and payment for transport or flat prices are also more common as feeders are demanding more. Angus Woods said prices need to kick on again this week and feeders need a substantial price rise to lift them out of a loss-making situation feeding [...]  Read More...

Updated: 11/01/17 : 06:37:45
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Call for early implementation of EU food chain report

Speaking from Brussels where the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament will this week discuss the EU Food Chain report on increased price transparency and independent enforcement to strengthen farmers’ position with retailers, IFA President Joe Healy said it is critical that these recommendations are introduced without delay and actively enforced to rebalance power in favour of farmers. The EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil [...]  Read More...