Updated: 18/07/14 : 10:13:15
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“Without Autumn trade, the future of suckler farming in the Republic is under serious threat” - ICOS

At a meeting yesterday with Minister Coveney, an ICOS delegation of mart managers and chairmen led by Michael Spellman, chairman of the ICOS Marts Committee, emphasised to the Minister the urgency of finding practical solutions to unjustified obstructions being imposed on the traditional trade between Northern Ireland customers and livestock marts in the Republic of Ireland.  Martin Walsh, General Manager Aurivo Livestock Marts also [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/07/14 : 11:12:27
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Fresh Milk must have its Food Harvest 2020 Plan

IFA will hold its first ever Liquid Milk Forum for the liquid milk chain stakeholders tomorrow (Friday).  The event, to be opened by IFA President Eddie Downey, will gather representatives from retailers, dairies, industry organisations, Government officials, Oireachtas members as well as specialist fresh milk producers.   It will be addressed by Dr Muiris OCeidigh of the National Milk Agency, Dr Joe Patton of Teagasc, [...]  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: 17/07/14 : 10:52:24
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Support of Irish control of EU Agricultural portfolio needed

IFA President Eddie Downey has warned against damaging Ireland’s prospects of securing the next Agriculture Commissioner and said there is an onus on everybody to support our bid to get a high-profile position in the new EU Commission. The IFA President said, “As the new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker begins to assemble his team, the political posturing by some could jeopardise our chances. The focus should be on the best [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/07/14 : 11:09:36
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Farm families to 'Think Farm Safety' on Monday

As part of IFA’s ongoing Farm Safety awareness campaign, the Association is asking all farm families to set time aside next Monday, July 21st to review safety on their farm. Tragically, thirteen lives have been lost to farm accidents so far this year – a 70% increase on this time last year.  The last ten years have seen 176 farm fatalities, with machinery the main cause. The IFA’s ‘Think Farm Safety Day’ is an opportunity [...]  Read More...