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IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the Dept of Agriculture is not responding quickly enough to rising building costs, especially steel. The increases are having a knock-on effect on items such as LESS equipment and meal bins, which is adding significantly to costs for farmers doing TAMS work. “Delays in issuing approvals, coupled with […]

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Posted: April 12, 2021, 5:05 pm

Coronavirus Response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis The European Commission has today proposed to exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT) goods and services made available by the European Commission, EU bodies and agencies to Member States and citizens during times of crisis. This responds […]

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Posted: April 12, 2021, 10:26 am

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said hogget prices have hit €8.00/kg as factories struggle to match supplies with market demand. He said factories are paying €7.70-€8.00/kg for QA hoggets as Ramadan and strong supermarket sales of lamb drive the trade. Sean Dennehy said up to €8.50/kg is being paid for spring lamb. Cull ewes […]

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Posted: April 10, 2021, 9:07 am

Beef Update IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the phased re-opening of the food service sector in the UK will increase demand for Irish beef and must translate into higher beef prices. “The food service sector in the UK is a key outlet for Irish beef and the phased re-opening from next Monday is a […]

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Posted: April 9, 2021, 9:38 pm

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said beef prices have strengthened a further 5c/kg as we approach the weekend.  A base price of €4.00/kg is more freely available for heifers and €3.95/kg for steers, with higher prices available for larger lots. He said the re-opening of the food service sector in the UK next week […]

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Posted: April 9, 2021, 4:27 pm

Reacting to the latest Ornua PPI, IFA Dairy Chairman Stephen Arthur said markets can sustain an increased price for March milk. The Ornua PPI for March is 112.6. When adjusted to include the Ornua Value Payment, this is the equivalent of 35.9c/L. “While many processors will be removing or reducing seasonal milk bonuses this month, […]

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Posted: April 9, 2021, 11:07 am

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the demand for hoggets, lambs and cull ewes is stronger again this week. He said the combination of the start of Ramadan next Monday and supermarket demand is driving the trade. Sean Dennehy said hoggets are freely making €7.70/kg, with higher deals available for larger lots.  Spring lamb […]

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Posted: April 8, 2021, 4:21 pm

At a meeting this morning, IFA President Tim Cullinan emphasised the importance of the dairy sector for Ireland’s rural economy to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin. He also raised concerns about the impact that national planning process was having on the development of the sector. This is in the context of an ongoing peak processing capacity issue faced […]

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Posted: April 8, 2021, 12:13 pm

-Comments by some veterinary reps commercially motivated IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said that Ireland’s veterinary medicines regime is extremely robust, and farmers use of veterinary medicines are of the highest standards. This fact is confirmed in the annual Department of Agriculture Residue Monitoring Reports highlighted by RTE’s Prime Time on Tuesday, April 6th. […]

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Posted: April 8, 2021, 11:35 am

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said the phased re-opening of the food service sector in the UK will increase demand for Irish beef and must translate into higher beef prices. “The food service sector in the UK is a key outlet for Irish beef and the phased re-opening from next Monday is a significant development […]

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Posted: April 8, 2021, 10:58 am

IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s critical that farmers are fully consulted on a joint venture before any deal is finalised. “The proposed joint venture is a huge decision for Kerry Co-op. Any such arrangement will have a significant impact on milk suppliers. Farmers have to be fully consulted prior to any deal,” he said. […]

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Posted: April 8, 2021, 8:23 am

Strong market demand. Numbers tight with prices up 5-10c/kg. Steer base €3.85/4.00/kg. Heifer base €3.90/4.05/kg. Higher deals for larger and specalised lots. Increased Breed Bonuses. Young Bulls R/U €3.80 – 3.95/kg. Cows €3.20/€3.70/kg. In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months. 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and […]

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Posted: April 7, 2021, 1:42 pm

Retail demand was buoyant over the Easter period and the food sector service continues to trade at a minimum. There was good early planting progress over the past week, although growth rates are hampered as it remains very cold over night with sub-zero temperatures.  Reports indicate that Kerr Pinks and Records varieties are very scarce and […]

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Posted: April 7, 2021, 10:06 am

Irish pig quotes remain static at €1.60-€1.62/kg over the Easter weekend and it was a similar situation across most of Europe, with some marginal upward movement on price. The underlying demand, especially from China, is predicted to drive the European pig price upward in the coming weeks and months ahead and when costs of production […]

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Posted: April 7, 2021, 9:32 am

The election process for Chair of the IFA National Dairy Committee and the Vice-Chair of the National Livestock Committee is underway. Ballot papers have been issued to each member of the two Committees. The deadline for returning the completed postal ballot is Fri, April 16th. Each Committee will hold a meeting on Friday week, at […]

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Posted: April 6, 2021, 2:58 pm

State aid: Commission approves €60 million Irish scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak The European Commission has approved a €60 million Irish scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. The scheme, which goes under the name of the […]

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Posted: April 6, 2021, 10:57 am

The Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM) is an Agri-Environment and Climate support targeted specifically at the tillage sector in Ireland.  It seeks to support tillage farmers in undertaking actions which will increase soil organic carbon levels and deliver reductions in GHG emissions. There is a €10m budget for SIM in 2021. A comprehensive FAQ on the SIM can be […]

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Posted: April 6, 2021, 8:29 am

Speaking after a special meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee, IFA President Tim Cullinan said both Glanbia and the Government have a responsibility to milk suppliers who will be impacted by Glanbia’s peak milk supply policy.   “A core principle of the Glanbia Milk Supply Agreement/contract is that all the farmers milk will be […]

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Posted: April 2, 2021, 10:28 am

Spring planting is now in full swing with good progress being made throughout the country. There were 170,000 ha of Spring crops planted last year, however, this was only to compensate for the lack of Winter plantings. A combination of good weather and stronger forward prices might see Spring plantings reach 125,000 ha this year […]

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Posted: April 1, 2021, 9:18 pm

IFA believes that the European Commission’s decision in December to prolong anti-dumping tariffs on Ammonium Nitrate from Russia for another five years has contributed to the recent hike in the price of nitrogen fertilisers. IFA Farm Business and Inputs Chairperson Rose Mary McDonagh said that the Commission had chosen to protect the profitability of European […]

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Posted: April 1, 2021, 2:44 pm

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