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  • ICMSA say processors must now base milk price on value-added basis not commodity | I C M S A
    when the index was below this level Irish processors on average returned a milk price to farmers of 31 5 cents per litre which is higher than the milk price paid for March milk this year In addition despite the additional milk going onto dairy markets spot market prices are holding up reasonably well with reported prices returning 30 cents per litre for commodity butter and SMP with similar price levels in the UK said Mr McCormack Considering the massive investments made by our processors in improved facilities to deliver higher value added and by Ornua formerly the Irish Dairy Board in marketing initiatives and routes to market farmers rightly expect that milk price now being returned to them should not be a commodity price but a price based on the value added products that our processors are now producing Farmers are investing in this processing and marketing capacity and we now expect a return on this investment through a milk price well above the commodity price otherwise we can justifiably ask ourselves What was all this investment for It is hugely important to remember that the next three months will determine the success or otherwise of the 2015 milk year for dairy farmers many of whom have had very severe superlevy fines imposed upon them and dairy farmers will not accept a scenario where milk price reductions are implemented that are not justified by the prevailing market Dairy farmers have invested in the processing and marketing capacity processors had an excellent 2014 and it is critical that they deliver a strong milk price for dairy farmers over the coming three months concluded Mr McCormack Ends 8 May 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer wants end to complacency on

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  • Comer wants end to "complacency" on TB in deer population | I C M S A
    estimated to have reached 150 000 head nationally He noted that the accepted rate of TB infection in wild deer was in the region of 15 which translated to at least 22 500 infected animals wandering the country and cross infecting into farmers herds We obviously must keep perspective on this but by the same token we repeat our warning that it s simply too risky to continue permitting this level of growth in the deer population where we know that there s a double digit percentage of TB infection in that group We know for instance that in a sample targeted cull of deer in North Wicklow the incidence of TB found was 100 times that of cattle There s been a degree of complacency on this issue and the result is these disquieting figures pointing to a degree of infection in officially clear herds It s time and actually it s well past the time to move on this The TB Compensation Scheme is itself wholly insufficient and out of date and that has to be overhauled but the priority is to minimise the chance of any cross infection and that has to mean really serious control of the wild deer population Ends 8 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say cattle numbers for 2016 17 look very high and want focus on live cattle exports between now and year s end ICMSA say processors must now base milk price on value added basis not commodity Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA

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  • ICMSA say cattle numbers for 2016/17 look very high and want focus on live cattle exports between now and year’s end | I C M S A
    ICMSA s Livestock Committee Mr Guinan wants particular concentration on the export of younger stock over the coming months given that calf births to date are up almost 150 000 head and this will inevitably lead to problems in 2017 unless action is taken now If beef producers know one thing for certain it is that cattle supplies dictate the price they receive from the meat plants and the live export trade is the only way to ensure cattle supplies are in the farmers favour and that s exactly why we now need a strong focus on exporting more cattle live But to date live export levels are down over 20 000 head on last year s levels with calf and weanling exports down 10 000 head and 3 000 head respectively When we contrast those figures with the fact that births to date are up 150 000 head we arrive at a situation that should cause real concern ICMSA accepts that state agencies have upped their efforts regarding the meat trade but what farmers need now is a strong co ordinated concentration on live export trade that s going to really get results in terms of seeing substantial numbers being exported so that we ll be able to keep beef prices in a positive position in 2016 and 2017 If we fail to act now then farmers will suffer the consequences then Mr Guinan said Ends 6 May 2015 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairperson ICMSA Livestock Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Knowledge Transfer Payment Should Go Direct To Farmer ICMSA Comer wants end to complacency on TB in deer population Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA

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  • Knowledge Transfer Payment Should Go Direct To Farmer – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    reflect the so called simplification agenda at EU level at this time and is a significant departure from the normal system of payment where a farmer is now relying on a third party to make a payment from a Department scheme While welcoming the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine regarding the opening of the Knowledge Transfer Scheme a scheme that all farmers should consider given its benefits from a farming and personal perspective Mr Comer said that it makes no sense that the farmer will not be paid directly by the Department At a time when the EU is talking up simplification it would appear that yet again actions say otherwise and what we now have is complication rather than simplification when the simple fact should be that the farmer should be paid directly by the Department The simplification agenda is hugely important to farmers but yet again ICMSA Mr Comer said is very concerned that schemes are being made more complicated more costly for no obvious reason or benefit and this needs to change The payment should be made directly to the farmer and Mr Comer concluded by calling on the Minister to make this simple change ENDS 01 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Uptake of GLAS Amongst Dairy Farmers Likely To Be Low ICMSA ICMSA say cattle numbers for 2016 17 look very high and want focus on live cattle exports between now and year s end Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech

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  • Uptake of GLAS Amongst Dairy Farmers Likely To Be Low – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    farmers are totally dependent on farming for their income and it is disappointing that they are unable to avail of the GLAS scheme for their farm It is absolutely essential that these farmers see merit in participation in GLAS and at present I am very clear of the view that they do not and what is required is a clear and speedy review of the options available to such farmers and possibly small amendments to the specifications could provide an impetus for such farmers to consider GLAS with the resultant benefit for the environment For example Mr Comer said in relation to low emission slurry spreading that instead of requiring farmers to spread 100 of the slurry by low emission means if a lower figure was selected it would allow the farmer to spread a percentage with the traditional method in the event of ground conditions not being suitable for the heavier low emissions equipment The 100 level is very high requirement that will deter farmers given the practical difficulties that can occur on farms on a day to day basis and some flexibility would certainly improve the situation for farmers Small amendments such as above can have a big impact and they need to be considered It is essential that all groups of farmers get the opportunity to join GLAS and ICMSA believes that amendments are required to facilitate highly stocked farmers and farmers with small acreages to participate in the scheme and to receive a level of payment that makes it attractive to participate and we are calling on the Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine to recognise these difficulties and make changes where required concluded Mr Comer Ends 01 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Statistics for

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  • Statistics for farm death and accidents “a reproach” to the whole sector | I C M S A
    feature on their farms to coincide with this year s Farm Safety Fortnight I m asking every single farmer to proactively change one aspect of their farming operation in a way that lessens any safety risks associated with it We have to learn to take our time and be willing to lose a minute in our working day because and the statistics bear this out it s very possible to lose your life in a minute on working farms Ends 14 April 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer says land eligibility situation crazy Uptake of GLAS Amongst Dairy Farmers Likely To Be Low ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

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  • Comer says land eligibility situation “crazy” | I C M S A
    roadways We have still another category of farmers in designated land areas being told by one state agency that their land is ineligible while another state agency is telling them that it should be eligible under EU regulations with the farmers caught in the middle and having to make a decision that will determine their payment level up to 2020 This is unfair stressful and it needs to be addressed immediately continued Mr Comer Mr Comer noted that land eligibility issues are a particular problem for farmers in poorer land areas and he wondered whether those responsible at EU level had any appreciation of the difficulties and challenges varying from year to year for those farming poorer quality land Every week ICMSA is in contact with farmers in SAC SPA areas who have received letters from the National Parks and Wildlife Service NPWS stating that their land should remain eligible for payment while at the same time and in relation to the exact same land the Department of Agriculture Food Marine have imposed heavy penalties on these farmers We met with Commissioner Hogan in December and raised this particular issue and he categorically stated that the state agencies should have a consistent view on this matter and it was incumbent upon the state to get its house in order What we have is one state agency telling farmers to remove scrub etc to make the land eligible while another state agency is prohibiting the farmer from doing exactly what the first agency ordered This cannot continue and the Minister Coveney has to intervene and clearly state the position before this becomes even more crazy said Mr Comer Mr Comer finished by saying that though the situation was in the first instance a matter for the immediate attention of the Department

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  • Milk Price In Upcoming Peak Period “The Key Barometer” of Co-op’s Post-Quota Delivery To Farmers | I C M S A
    Analysis from Dairyco UK also shows that prices for butter have increased by 5 8 and SMP increased by 3 4 in March In addition the rapid depreciation of the Euro which has increased the price of all dairy products sold through US dollars to the tune of 20 since January 2014 is a ongoing benefit to all European dairy processors The weak Euro means that all dairy products sold by European companies in US dollars have reaped and still are reaping the benefit of currency devaluation to the tune of over 5 cents per litre said Mr McCormack The current forecast for production in New Zealand shows that there will be a 2 decline this season compared to last season owing to the significant drought and the Dairy consultancy firm CLAL is forecasting that under normal conditions in Oceania the EU and the United States total milk production in the 2015 calendar year is estimated at 276 million tonnes of milk just half the growth level of 2014 This equates to a 1 6 increase and with the growth in demand for dairy products running at 2 5 per year the market should be in a reasonably balanced position We re noting the drought conditions for the fourth consecutive year in California a key USA milk production state and that should also have a positive impact in terms of reduced global supplies These are the factors feeding in to the rise of the purchasing price index from 97 5 to 100 and it s on that basis that dairy farmers fully expect that Co ops will at least hold milk price for the peak period he concluded Ends 10 April 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA President says

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/04/milk-price-in-upcoming-peak-period-the-key-barometer-of-co-ops-post-quota-delivery-to-farmers/ (2016-01-06)
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