Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance today, IFA President Joe Healy accused vulture funds of killing off farm businesses that have the potential to repay their debts over time and return to viability. He said this short-term debt recovery approach is damaging as the repayment capacity of the business is not considered. This issue […]
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the support received from Seán Canney, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, for the national roll-out of a network of farm tyre waste bring centres. Thomas Cooney said, “Minister Canney attended the successful farm tyre waste bring centre in Athenry last weekend, and saw at […]
Cattle prices rising, check out the cattle factory prices reported as quoted, or paid to IFA Members this week. Steer base €3.75/kg – €3.80/kg Heifers €3.85/kg- €3.90/kg. Young Bulls R/U €3.75/3.90/kg. Cows €2.90/3.55/kg. In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price. Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle
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Speaking at today’s IFA National Council meeting in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy said it is no exaggeration to say the Brexit talks are the most important negotiations for the future of Irish agriculture and our agri-food sector, since Ireland joined the EEC in 1973. The Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney addressed […]
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Digging is well under way this week with many potato growers taking advantage of the mild conditions present to harvest the crop. It is estimated that up to 25% of the main crop harvest is complete, with this figure on the rise daily. Information on yields at the minute is limited, with variable yields being […]
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Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality this morning, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy called for the establishment of a dedicated Rural Crime Task Force. He highlighted how a similar UK task force has been successful in tackling rural crime. “Over the last year, several serious incidents have occurred on farms. Many farmers […]
IFA President Joe Healy today briefed members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food & the Marine of the Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) used by retailers in their dealings with producers. He outlined the draft EU Directive on this area and urged Government to adopt its recommendations, as soon as it is enacted. “The […]
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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has called for the maximum payout of over €800m to farmers as the 70% advance of the BPS to 124,000 farmers begins today. Speaking after the most recent Charter of Farmers Rights meeting in Portlaoise, Richard Kennedy said farmers will not tolerate any delays in payment. “The Department gave […]
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To mark UN World Food Day, Smart Farming, the voluntary programme led by IFA in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced its 2018 results. World Food Day highlights important issues including food security, sustainability and climate change. The results demonstrate the successful delivery of the Programme’s dual roles of identifying ways to […]
IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said lamb supplies have tightened in recent days with factories struggling to get adequate numbers. He said prices are strengthening with reports of €4.80/kg paid. He said more farmers are getting €4.75/kg. Sean Dennehy said supplies normally tighten at this time of year and farmers need to negotiate hard […]
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