Updated: 17/11/14 : 09:41:50
Printable Version Bookmark and Share Share This

farming 
IFA opposes direct prosecution on farm safety

Maura Canning, IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairwoman has reacted strongly to the Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA) decision to consider direct prosecution of farmers without consultation with the Farm Safety Partnership. As of January 2015, farmers who fail to have all access points to a slurry pit covered, fail to have the PTO shaft covered, or have a child under seven in the cab of the tractor or agricultural vehicle can be [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/11/14 : 11:01:48
Printable Version Bookmark and Share Share This

farming 
Inflexible Rules Pose Threat to Hill Farmers says MEP

The Department of Agriculture is unnecessarily imposing conditions on the participation of hill and commonage farmers in the new EU supported GLAS Scheme.This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin following a meeting she organised with senior European Commission officials and which was attended by farmers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.“What emerged clearly from this meeting was that Ireland’s Department of [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/11/14 : 09:45:56
Printable Version Bookmark and Share Share This

farming 
Co-Ops must support farmers through challenging months

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said that after record cuts of up to 3c/l on September milk supplies, it now behoved co-ops to hold prices at current levels for October. He said co-ops should ensure that, to secure the long term future of the hefty processing investment undertaken in anticipation of the end of quotas, farmers should be supported through the challenging months of the transition, as these are likely to [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/11/14 : 08:10:52
Printable Version Bookmark and Share Share This

farming 
Rural Development Plan implementation now vital

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s foot-dragging on the Rural Development 2014-2020 plan is unacceptable and he called for the early implementation of all measures without further delay. Flor McCarthy said that with REPS 4 finishing for thousands of farmers at the end of the year, combined with those who have already finished at the end of 2013, this will leave a serious [...]  Read More...

Updated: 07/11/14 : 08:58:56
Printable Version Bookmark and Share Share This

farming 
GDT results coherent with markets stabilising

Speaking after this week’s GDT auction, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said it saw a 0.3% fall in the weighted average index for all products traded.  However WMP prices continued their recovery, rising 1.6% compared to the previous auction - WMP is the product most traded through the auction by weight.  Also, the products made available for sale were, as per usual, traded in 6 x 1 month contracts, spanning the [...]  Read More...