Updated: 13/02/17 : 12:06:25
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Brexit :: ICOS calls for recognition of ‘Irish Milk’

“Without A firm continuation of north-south trade, there would be inestimable damage to the fragile rural economies in the border counties of Ireland” – ICOS At a meeting with members of the EU Commission’s Brexit negotiating team, including those responsible for agricultural and Irish affairs within the upcoming talks, ICOS made the following submissions relating to Irish co-operatives.  The ICOS delegation was led by President [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/02/17 : 05:33:35
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Sligo-based survey plane may startle Mayo and Donegal stock

Livestock owners in Mayo and Donegal are being alerted to low-flying aircraft activity in there area which may startle their stock.The activity is on the back of the next phase of Tellus – a geological mapping project which collects geophysical and geochemical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland  is set to ‘take off’ Donegal in early March.Involving a low-flying plane equipped with state-of-the-art geophysical [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/02/17 : 05:05:33
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CETA deals a blow to Irish Beef Sector warns MEP Harkin

In the European Parliament, Independent MEP Marian Harkin voted  against the proposed EU trade agreement with Canada.She said:- “The perfect storm is gathering for the beef sector. We will have an extra 50,000 tons of tariff free Canadian beef entering the market. BREXIT will be happening which means there will be 60 million fewer consumers in the EU to use up the extra imports from Canada as well as the possibility of a hard BREXIT [...]  Read More...

Updated: 08/02/17 : 13:03:56
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Yara ripping off farmers with fertiliser price hikes says Healy

IFA President Joe Healy has accused European fertiliser manufacturers of ripping off farrners by jacking up prices since the beginning of the season. Speaking at a protest at the Yara depot in Ringaskiddy in Cork, Joe Healy said, “Yara, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, has hit farmers with seven price increases since last June. Wholesale EU CAN prices have risen by a massive 48%, with Ammonium Nitrate prices up by [...]  Read More...

Updated: 09/02/17 : 07:38:05
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Farming :: ORNUA PPI Increase bears out IFA analysis

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said the announcement by Ornua of a 1.6 point increase in their Product Purchasing Index to 105.4 points, which they state is equivalent to a milk price of 29.8c/l + VAT (31.4c/l including VAT), bears out IFA’s view that at least 1c/l price increase is fully justified on January milk.  He added that lower payers, including Kerry, need to aim higher than 1c/l to be fair to their [...]  Read More...