Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:21:07
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Sinn Féin dishonesty with farmers knows no bounds – FF

Fianna Fáil has hit out at the total dishonesty being propagated by Sinn Féin in the Seanad on the issue of the extension of the Areas of Natural Constraint scheme (ANC) for hill farmers.In a deeply cynical political stunt, Sinn Féin used a procedural trick to misrepresent the position of Fianna Fáil. What actually transpired was that the Sinn Féin group put forward an amendment to the Seanad order of business for an ANC hill farmer [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:25:54
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IFA announce National Hill Sheep Forum

IFA President Joe Healy has announced a major IFA National Hill Sheep Forum to be held in Connemara Co Galway on Tuesday May 23rd.He said this IFA farm visit and meeting will provide hill sheep farmers with a great opportunity to get the latest updates across a broad range of relevant issues from commonages and GLAS policy to the latest on production and marketing of hill lamb. Joe Healy said IFA has organised a top class range [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:31:11
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Cattle prices continue to harden

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are continuing to drive forward with the base price for steers and heifers at €4.10 and €4.20/kg. He said, based on the week-on-week increase in the UK price over the last five weeks, which is now equivalent to €4.50/kg, the factories have further room to drive on the Irish price. He said farmers who have fed cattle indoors to this stage in the year need a significant price [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:36:00
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Lamb trade remains steady

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the lamb trade is remaining steady, with factories paying €6.00 to tops of €6.15/kg for spring lamb. He said factories have made the changeover and supplies remain tight, leaving agents anxious for lambs. In addition, he said factories will be eager to source adequate supplies for Ramadan, which starts on May 27th. John Lynskey said hoggets are making €5.10 with more for quality [...]  Read More...

Updated: 12/05/17 : 07:41:04
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Call for employment permits for non-EU farm workers

IFA has called for employment permits to be made available to farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to meet labour and skills shortages on Irish farms.In a submission to a Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation review, IFA identified that a shortage of skilled and general labour supply has emerged in the agriculture sector in the last number of years. IFA has proposed employment permits be extended to farm [...]  Read More...