Minister Must Treat Fodder Crises As National Emergency – IFA

With a further Met Eireann yellow alert situation today, we are in now an emergency situation on fodder and Minister Creed has to implement further measures to support farmers immediately, IFA President Joe Healy has said.   He said the fodder import scheme announced by Minister Creed yesterday evening must be open to all co-ops, […]

IFA Hosts Brexit Event For Border Counties

The Irish Farmers Association is hosting a Brexit Event – Implications for Border Counties Post Brexit – in the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney Co Monaghan this evening starting at 8pm.   The purpose of this event is to discuss the current state of play of the Brexit negotiations and the implications for farming and the agri-food industry, especially […]

Oustanding Payments Must Be Made To Farmers Immediately – IFA

All outstanding farm scheme payments must be made as a matter urgency in light of the current fodder crisis, IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has insisted.   Almost 70,000 farmers are awaiting outstanding payments worth €30m under GLAS and the Sheep Welfare Scheme.   The immediate payment of outstanding monies is one of a […]

Tighter Finished Cattle Supplies To Drive Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are moving in the right direction and feeders are expecting strong price increases over the coming weeks as supplies tighten and UK prices continue to increase.   This week, he said steers are making a base of €4.00/kg and €4.05/kg is being paid to get numbers. […]

IFA Calls For Derogation On Three-Crop Rule

IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has called for a derogation on the ‘three-crop rule’ under Greening obligations, in light of the terrible weather conditions this year.   He said the weather conditions are making it impossible to plant crops, “Very little sowing was done during winter, it’s April now and the rain is still coming, […]

Co-ops Must Be Ready To Invest In Farmers’ Economic Sustainablility When Setting March Milk Prices – IFA

“The milk price decisions some co-ops took for February milk have shown just how out of touch they are with the massive challenges to their economic sustainability suppliers have been experiencing for the last number of months,” IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said. He said it is at least as important for […]

IFA Calls For Payout Of Sheep Welfare Monies And Meal Voucher Scheme For Sheep Flocks

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has called on Minister Creed to direct the Department of Agriculture to immediately pay to farmers outstanding monies due under the Sheep Welfare scheme.   He said, “While this is a small amount, it could have a major impact at this very difficult time on sheep farms.”   Sean […]

Minister Must Get A Grip Of Fodder Crisis

IFA President Joe Healy wrote to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in advance of his meeting with Teagasc and co-ops on the fodder crisis. The letter proposed real and concrete measures the Minister must implement to assist farmers through the current fodder crisis. Joe Healy said, “I cannot stress enough the pressure that the current […]

Minister’s Response On Fodder Too Little Too Late – IFA

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s acknowledgement today of the extent and seriousness of the fodder shortage across the country is too little too late, IFA President Joe Healy has said.   He said the Minister’s announcement that he will subsidise the importation of fodder is welcome but should have been in place before now. “The […]

Lamb Trade Remains Strong With Ramadan On 16th May – IFA

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has reported that the lamb trade remains strong this week, with tight supplies and factories very anxious for stock.   He said hogget prices are ranging from €6.10’kg to €6.20/kg, and small numbers of spring lambs are at €7.00/kg.   Sean Dennehy said some plants and agents are trying […]

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