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Addressing the Institute of International & European Affairs in Dublin today, IFA President Joe Healy said, “The nature of the border we have with Northern Ireland will be dependent on the future trading relationship between the EU and the UK. We cannot have certainty as regards the nature of a future border without the trade […]

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:12 pm

Reacting to today’s decision by the USDA to ban fresh Brazilian beef, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the EU authorities have to take note of this decision and remove beef from any Mercosur deal. “Irish and European farmers will be rightly questioning how EU negotiators can continue to engage with the Mercosur countries […]

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Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:21 am

Sheep farmers are strongly resisting the negative downward pressure from meat plants on lamb prices, Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has said.  He said factories are struggling to get adequate numbers of lambs to meet strong market demand and are having to pay significantly more than the lower quoted prices. He said in a lot of […]

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Posted: June 22, 2017, 3:55 pm

Have a look at base prices quoted or paid  for steers, heifers and cows this week. Numbers of In-spec cattle tight. Strong market demand. Lower factory quotes unjustified. Factories paying 5/10c/kg above quotes. Steer base €4.05/4.15kg. Heifers €4.15/4.25kg. Young Bulls O/R/U €3.80/4.00/4.10/kg.  Base €4.05/4.10kg. Cows €3.25/3.70/kg. In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price. FACTORY BASE QUOTES […]

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Posted: June 21, 2017, 3:57 pm

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said that, assuming that all co-ops increase their May milk price by 1c/l including VAT, many would have a way to go to catch up with the 30.78c/l + VAT average indicated by an update to the April Farmers Journal league to take account of the assumed increase. […]

The post ESTIMATED MAY MILK PRICE LEAGUE SHOWS MANY CO-OPS HAVE SCOPE TO BEAT AVERAGE appeared first on Irish Farmers' Association.

Posted: June 21, 2017, 3:50 pm

There has been no change in official quotes for pigs this week, which remain at €1.70c/kg. Pig farmers are justifiably disappointed that Irish processors have failed to follow the European market, and pass back an increase over the past few weeks. On a positive note, there is a noticeable increase in activity from plants in […]

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Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:07 pm

IFA President Joe Healy said there is no market basis for pressure on cattle prices at this time. He said the move by the factories to pull quotes and talk down the trade is an attempt to force out very tight supplies of prime cattle. The IFA President said prices in our main market in […]

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Posted: June 19, 2017, 3:02 pm

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said beef prices are holding firm, driven by extremely strong market demand and rising prices in our main export market in the UK. He said UK prices have risen each week for the last 10 weeks in a row by over 16c/kg. He said these price increases, which are […]

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Posted: June 15, 2017, 3:12 pm

IFA President Joe Healy has set out in a submission the top ten priorities for agriculture (10 Priorities for the new Taoiseach) to Leo Varadkar following his election as Taoiseach this afternoon. He wished him success in the role and said he is looking forward to working closely with Leo Varadkar in the future. Joe […]

The post IFA SETS OUT PRIORITIES FOR LEO VARADKAR FOLLOWING HIS ELECTION AS TAOISEACH appeared first on Irish Farmers' Association.

Posted: June 14, 2017, 1:28 pm

Following a number of dog attacks on sheep in the Cooley Peninsula in recent weeks, Louth IFA Chairman Gerard Melia has issued a stark warning to all dog owners of their responsibility to keep their pets are under control at all times.  “Owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks, with […]

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Posted: June 14, 2017, 10:21 am

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