Updated: 19/01/15 : 07:12:56
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MEP Warns on Unrealistic Farm Investment

While Irelandís food exports have been particularly strong contributors to Irelandís economic recovery the producers of that food have not benefit commensurately.This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she supported the view of the President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association, Patrick Kent, that increased volume of beef production and export is not reflected in beef farm incomes.She said:- ďThe [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/01/15 : 06:41:04
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Collection system for fallen animals not cost-effective

IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the failure of the current fallen animal collection system to deliver a cost effective service to farmers.He said it is over a year since IFA highlighted to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney the exorbitant fees some farmers are been charged to have their fallen animals collected and despite commitments from the Minister, no reductions have occurred. ďFarmers in some [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/01/15 : 06:42:52
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US market presents unique branding opportunity for Irish beef

IFA President Eddie Downey has said the opening of the US market creates a unique branding opportunity for Irish beef, based on Irelandís grass-based Quality Assured production model. He said this is a real opportunity for the Irish beef sector to secure a premium price and position in the market. Eddie Downey called on Minister Coveney, Bord Bia and the meat processors to pursue a strategy that delivers a worthwhile price premium back to [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/01/15 : 06:44:50
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Commission must probe fertiliser prices

In a letter to the EU Commission, IFA President Eddie Downey and Inputs Project Team Leader James McCarthy have called on the Commission to initiate an investigation into fertiliser prices as a matter of urgency. CAN manufacturers continue to push through price increases at a time when the price of their main input cost, namely natural gas, has decreased by over 30%.Mr McCarthy said, ďAgricultural production is sensitive to changes in [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/01/15 : 06:46:56
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Strong live export trade essential for cattle price competition

IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said a strong live export trade is essential to maximise price competition and ensure a balance in cattle supplies relative to market demand in order to optimise prices and avoid the marketing problems which occurred in 2014. He said this is more important than ever, given the expansion of the dairy herd and the requirement to find a suitable market outlet for male calves, particularly considering the [...]  Read More...