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Beef Update IFA livestock chairman Brendan Golden said cattle supplies are extremely tight as shed cattle have gone through the system and no flush of grass cattle expected in the coming weeks. Last week’s throughput of 33,203 was the largest full weeks drop in numbers this year with heifers back 1,418 head, steers back 582 […]
Posted: May 27, 2022, 3:07 pm
IFA Animal Health Chairman TJ Maher said farmers have invested directly over €100m in the BVD programme since it commenced voluntarily in 2012, before becoming compulsory in 2013. These calculations have been outlined to AHI and the Department of Agriculture, He said the actions of suckler and dairy farmers and their investments in the BVD […]
Posted: May 27, 2022, 2:38 pm
IFA Liquid Milk Chair Keith O’Boyle said the most up-to-date CSO agricultural input price index has to be an integral part of liquid milk pricing to ensure a supply of fresh milk this winter. “Without a realistic return, many farmers will switch to a seasonal milk production system, leaving the market short on fresh milk […]
Posted: May 27, 2022, 8:01 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said pig processors have to pass back substantial price increases to farmers immediately. “Processors cannot survive without a steady supply from farmers. The losses on farms are so severe that production is under threat. No time can be wasted in getting money back to farmers who have shouldered the impact of […]
Posted: May 26, 2022, 3:50 pm
The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Janusz Wojciechowski will address the IFA National Council in the Irish Farm Centre next Monday (May 30th). The EU Commissioner is visiting Ireland for the World Potato Congress and he will address the National Council in advance. IFA President Tim Cullinan said next Monday’s meeting will be […]
Posted: May 26, 2022, 9:54 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said IFA will not support exploring a ‘Cap and trade’ model for emissions, as proposed in the Dairy Food Vision Group interim report. “The reality is: this is a quota by another name which IFA is completely opposed to,” he said. We are also opposed to the proposal to force farmers […]
Posted: May 26, 2022, 7:23 am
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members. Strong demand. Prices rise further 10c/kg. Factories paying well above qoutes. Steer base €5.15/5.35/kg. Heifer base €5.20/5.40/kg. Young Bulls R/U €4.90/5.40/kg. Higher prices and flat deals for larger and specialised lots. Cows €4.50/€5.20/kg. In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 […]
Posted: May 25, 2022, 12:55 pm
IFA National Potato Chairman Sean Ryan said the announcement of the €3m scheme for the seed potato sector is a positive first step.   IFA met with the Minister earlier this year and have continued to engage with senior Department officials on funding and support options for the development of the sector. Prior to Brexit, […]
Posted: May 25, 2022, 10:24 am
There was no change in pig price quotes from factories once again this week. Many pig farmers had expected an official 4c/kg increase to be announced last Friday, but were left disappointed. However, as this week has progressed, there does seem to be some unofficial increases and deals being done to ensure pig factories hold […]
Posted: May 24, 2022, 4:32 pm
Markets remain unchanged and remarkably quieter than that experienced for the past two seasons. Planting is still underway in Donegal following a two-week period of unfavourable conditions. Liftings of Premier and Home Guard continues at small levels in the south east this week. Growing conditions to date have been favourable with recent rainfall welcomed by […]
Posted: May 24, 2022, 1:23 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said substantial price increases introduced by retailers have to be passed back to farmers immediately. Tesco confirmed to IFA this morning that significant increases on all pigmeat products came into effect this morning. “It’s imperative that processors feed these increases down the chain as soon as they get them. The situation […]
Posted: May 23, 2022, 10:53 am
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the announcement by the EU Commission of a lump sum scheme to address the inputs crisis doesn’t provide any extra EU funding for farmers. He said the Commission is merely allowing Member States to divert funding from their existing Rural Development Plan (RDP), rather than providing new funding. Tim Cullinan […]
Posted: May 21, 2022, 8:34 am
Beef Update IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said beef prices continue to rise by 5 to 10c/kg as factories struggle to match supplies with market demand. He said farmers would be well advised to shop around with up to 20c/kg difference between quoted and paid prices for all types of cattle. Brendan Golden said factory […]
Posted: May 20, 2022, 4:46 pm
  Glanbia September 2022 Green €/T Nov/Dec 2022 Dried €/T 1  IRL Feed Wheat 360 406-410 MATIF Wheat – 414.75 IRL Feed Barley 345 390-395 Oilseed Rape Paris2 – 822 Maize Ex. Port  – 380 FOB Creil Malting Barley – 478 (Jul/Aug 22) ¹ Source: Irish grain industry sources, Glanbia² Source: Euronext correct as of 20-05-22 Market […]
Posted: May 20, 2022, 3:20 pm
IFA met Tesco and Rosderra last night as part of the campaign to secure price increases for pig farmers. The protest at Hilton Foods outside Drogheda has been suspended as the talks continue. Tesco has committed to bring a proposal forward on Monday that will return a higher price to farmers. IFA Pigs Committee Chair […]
Posted: May 20, 2022, 12:14 pm
IFA Animal Health Chair TJ Maher said the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue’s commitment to re-establish the National Deer Management Forum Group is a positive first step to controlling that national deer population to a sustainable level. He said “the control of deer nationally requires a co-ordinated approach, which must include a focus on addressing […]
Posted: May 19, 2022, 3:39 pm
IFA National Sheep Chairman Kevin Comiskey led a delegation to meet Minister Heather Humphreys yesterday afternoon to put forward stronger measures that are needed to curb dog attacks. Kevin Comiskey said the persistent failure of the authorities has frustrated farmers who have suffered significant losses as a result of dog attacks. Kevin Comiskey said there […]
Posted: May 19, 2022, 11:05 am
The protest by pig farmers at Hilton Foods outside Drogheda remains in place as they seek a commitment on price increases. The protest began at 6am yesterday. IFA Pigs Committee Chair Roy Gallie said farmers are beyond breaking point. “They are absolutely frustrated and angry at the lack of progress to address the dire financial […]
Posted: May 19, 2022, 8:04 am
Markets remain largely unchanged, with sales and consumption settling back to pre-covid levels. Digging of early Home Guard and Premier varieties have commenced in the south east this week, with small quantities available in retailers. Quality is reported to be very good so far. Recent rainfall should drive on growth of early crops. Stocks of […]
Posted: May 18, 2022, 1:55 pm
Irish pig price was unchanged this week with Farmers receiving quotes of €1.66c/kg up to €1.70 or €1.72 – €1.76/kg.  The IFA Pigs Committee continue their efforts to get the price of pigmeat increased in the domestic market urgently. The Committee are engaging with secondary processors currently to ensure that when an increase request of utmost […]
Posted: May 18, 2022, 1:10 pm

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