IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Caroline Farrell said the three-year cap on family farms under the Fair Deal scheme will come into operation tomorrow. This follows the passing of the legislation at the end of the last Dáil session in July. Caroline Farrell acknowledged the work of Minister Mary Butler, as well as […]
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Next Tues, October 26th, BovINE will hold its 2nd Irish National Beef Event online. Beef farmers and all stakeholders in the beef and livestock sector are invited to attend virtually. The BovINE network links farmers, advisors, researchers, and all other relevant stakeholders, across nine EU Member States, to stimulate exchange of knowledge and ideas to […]
Smart Farming, the resource efficiency programme run by the Irish Farmers’ Association in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will host an online seminar “Sources and Solutions”: The link between our soils and water quality this Wed from 8.30pm. During the seminar, a series of short information videos will be launched on how farmers […]
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IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh has welcomed the launch of the low-interest Government backed Brexit Impact Loan Scheme (BILS). This follows Bank of Ireland’s announcement of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s (SBCI) backed low-cost loan facility titled BILS. It’s open to both farmers and SMEs affected by Brexit. Rose Mary McDonagh said […]
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Beef Update IFA livestock chairman Brendan said the roll over of the suckler cow schemes, BDGP and BEEPs, is welcome in Budget 2022. However, the IFA livestock chairman said it is disappointing a pilot cattle rearing and finishing scheme was not provided for 2022 to build towards the provision of a scheme for all cattle […]
IFA President Tim Cullinan led a delegation to meet the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue this morning. “The meeting was a full and frank exchange of views. We left the Minister in no doubt about the depth of feeling amongst farmers about the current direction of Government policy towards farming,” he said. “The Minister gave […]
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The final report of the Seafood Sector, published this week, recommends a €60m fund for Irish Aquaculture. IFA Aquaculture Chairman Michael Mulloy welcomed the report’s recommendations, but he also urged caution. “The Seafood Taskforce report recommends a €60m fund for Brexit mitigation initiatives. However, many additional costs continue to emerge. Pre-notification, export health certs and physical […]
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IFA and FBD Insurance have launched a new offer which will see IFA members get 15% off a new farm, motor or home policy with FBD. This exclusive offer can be used in conjunction with the €85 off member voucher. At the launch, James Kelly, IFA’s Director of Organisation said, “We continue to ensure that […]
Roscommon IFA Chairman Jim O’Connor has welcomed the announcement today by Eugene Cummins, CEO of Roscommon Council, that he has signed an order to enable works to recommence on the emergency overflow pipe in Lough Funshinagh. “It was a huge relief when these works were announced in May, and there was great upset amongst residents […]
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IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the Water Quality report from the European Commission shows some encouraging signs for water quality improvement in Ireland. In particular, the report shows improvements in 152 of 726 water bodies that were prioritised areas for action in the WFD River Basin Management Plan 2018-21. He said recent comments from […]
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COLLEGE MEETING: enhanced EU commitment to a greener, more peaceful and prosperous Arctic region The High Representative and the Commission yesterday presented their approach to a stronger EU engagement for a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Arctic region. The Arctic region is of major strategic importance for the European Union, with regard to climate change, raw materials as […]
IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the additional funding commitment in the Budget for the TB Eradication Programme, and in particular the €6m for the Wildlife Control Programme, are important commitments from the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue. IFA had sought a doubling of resources in the Wildlife Programme as a key component in […]
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Horticultural growers, led by IFA President Tim Cullinan, are protesting outside Leinster House in Dublin today. The protest is highlighting the ongoing challenges around harvesting horticultural peat and its central role in the sector. The matter will be raised in the Senate this afternoon, where Senators will question the logic of importing peat when we […]
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members. Demand strong. Steer base €4.20/4.30/kg. Heifer base €4.25/4.35/kg. Higher deals for larger and specalised lots. Young Bulls R/U €4.10/4.30/kg. Cows €3.60/€4.00/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 heifers grading O- […]
Retail demand has eased slightly, although colder weather forecasted should improve trade again. The food service sector continues to prosper, despite it traditionally being a quieter period. Dry weather conditions have improved lifting conditions around the country. Yields are reported to be very ‘average’ to date. Trade remains buoyant for the peeling market. Heavy rain over […]
IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Government has reneged on its commitment to allocate a portion of the €1.5bn Carbon Tax money to agriculture in today’s Budget. “It’s extraordinary that the Government has told us that €49m in funding “that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine would otherwise expect to receive in 2022 […]
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The Irish pig price dropped 4c/kg last Friday week in some plants and this week, some remaining plants took the same price drop. This drop is resulting in quotes for this week ranging from €1.48c/kg up to €1.52 or €1.50 – €1.54/kg in cases. Throughput last week was 74,291 total which was up just over […]
IFA Farm Business Chair Rosemary McDonagh has called on the Government to provide a low-cost finance scheme for farmers in tomorrow’s Budget 2022 as a priority. “This low-cost finance should be distributed through the main banking and finance providers and made available to all farmers. Unsecured, low-cost finance that is readily available, is essential for […]
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IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe has received assurances from the Department of Agriculture that the 70% advance on the Basic Payment Scheme will commence next Monday. Speaking after a Charter of Rights meeting, the IFA Deputy President said, “It’s absolutely essential that there’s no delay in payments this year. All farmers must be paid their […]
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Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019) warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU. Excessive nitrates in water are harmful to both human health and ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion […]
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