Updated: 20/08/14 : 07:39:56
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Growers should examine their options before selling

IFA National Grain Chairman Liam Dunne said that growers should examine all their options before delivering in grain to local merchants given that the current price offers from the trade are significantly below the cost of production. He said, “Alternative markets such as farm-to-farm are delivering a significant premium over traditional market outlets. Farmers, at a minimum, should retain ownership while considering their options [...]  Read More...

Updated: 20/08/14 : 15:13:03
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IFA warn of anger and frustration among beef farmers

Speaking at the first in a series of IFA Livestock Meetings in Navan, last night, IFA President Eddie Downey said livestock farmers cannot survive with unviable beef prices and severe specification cuts. He said “With beef prices in our main markets in the UK and across the EU stable and recovering, the current attack on prices by the factories cannot be justified. The anger and frustration of farmers over the way their incomes have been [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/08/14 : 15:07:42
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Suckler farming in Sligo under serious threat without N.I. Autumn trade

At a recent meeting 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: 18/08/14 : 16:08:13
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Glanbia decision based on sentiment rather than returns

Reacting to the decision by Glanbia to cut the July milk price by 2c/l to 35 c (vat inc), IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary described the decision as extremely disappointing and excessive.He said, “This decision seems to be as much a reaction to the negative market signals over the past fortnight rather than the market returns in the European market, where we sold the majority of our product for the month of July. While powder [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/08/14 : 16:10:44
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BVD programme must recognise farmers' role in meeting objectives

IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the increased level of PI disposal from farms is welcome, and crucial in the context of the BVD eradication programme achieving its objectives. He said farmers have made huge investments in the BVD programme and the increased levels of support have proven vital to off-set some of these costs for those identifying PI calves, in order to assist in their early removal from farms.However, the IFA [...]  Read More...