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  • ICMSA point to “legitimate security consideration” around publication of Direct Payment details | I C M S A
    figures about retail margins Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payment ICMSA would make the same point today we made back in 2009 before the legal challenge by German farmers stymied the Commission s plans to publish SFP at that stage There simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations of the farmers concerned ICMSA has no issue with someone going into a Department of Agriculture Office or a Teagasc office and outlining their reasons for knowing what farmer X received in his or her Basic Payment But we have a major problem with a publicly accessible website or list that gives the name address and amount paid to individual farmers in an environment where we know that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents And bear in mind that all this will happen against a background of the closure of rural Garda stations We do not think it s unreasonable to ask why certain people would want to know what some farmer living alone in a remote part of the country was receiving said Mr Comer That is ICMSA s point we re not being paranoid about the right of EU taxpayers to know what we received in our Direct Payment For the most part Direct Payments are very modest and no more than a recognition of the money owed to farmers for producing excellent food affordably for the EU s population We don t object to the listing of the payments but we want some degree of supervision of who is accessing that list and why they are accessing that list continued the ICMSA President Ends 23 March 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Processors asked to help as under quota

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  • Processors asked to help as under-quota farmers undertake to hold milk back to minimise possible €100 million superlvey | I C M S A
    effect in rural spending It was essential he argued that every effort is made by the sector to minimise this fine and processors should encourage all farmers to limit or hold back supplies where possible up to 1 April as well as ensuring that all milk is collected as early as possible on 1 April particularly for those farmers who are themselves under quota but are willing to retain some milk until 1 April rather than supply it on 31 March so as to assist the wider dairy sector This is a very significant gesture being made by these farmers who despite being under quota themselves have taken the decision to retain some of their supply at the end of the quota era until 1 April and we d like this practical support to be recognised and facilitated by all processors including ensuring that farmers making this effort are not inconvenienced in terms of milk collection In addition the fight must go on at national and EU level to address this ridiculous situation where a potential 100m will be taken out of the rural economy Concerns are being expressed on a practically basis about the state of rural Ireland and the need to divert additional governmental resources to address the problems of rural Ireland while at the same time the EU is preparing to drain what could be 100m from the rural economy this Spring on foot of a system that operates up to midnight on 31 March and is consigned to history five minutes later It is a frankly ridiculous scenario and while quotas will be abolished the fight to remove or mitigate this fine must go on concluded Mr McCormack Ends 20 March 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press

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  • McCormack says "clear onus" on IDB to keep upward trend of Index going | I C M S A
    Dairy Trade Auction which rose for the sixth consecutive time including two separate substantial increases of 10 1 and 9 4 We d be looking as well as the kind of gains made by specific products at the most recent GDT auction where cheddar increased by 10 8 SMP increased by 5 9 and butter by 2 5 There is a clear onus on the IDB given their sales of premium products to guarantee the upward trend of the index in the coming months by ensuring full returns are gained from the market concluded Mr McCormack Ends 13 March 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Co ops Must Offer Delayed Superlevy Payment Concession To All Suppliers ICMSA Processors asked to help as under quota farmers undertake to hold milk back to minimise possible 100 million superlvey 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

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  • Co-ops Must Offer Delayed Superlevy Payment Concession To All Suppliers – ICMSA | I C M S A
    opts for the three year payment concession according to Mr Pat McCormack Deputy President and Chairperson of ICMSA s Dairy Committee The concession which ICMSA understands will provide considerable flexibilities at Member State level is certainly welcome and will be an option that will be taken up by some suppliers while others may opt to simply pay the fine upfront depending on their circumstances and the size of the fine Already some dairy farmers have paid a substantial part of their fine to their milk processors through reductions from their milk payment and this new concession from Europe could alleviate serious cash flow pressures on some farmers For this to happen milk processors need to immediately inform their suppliers of the details of this scheme and where a farmer decides to take this option two thirds of the fine already held back by the Co op should be repaid immediately to the farmers in question and this fine will then be deducted during 2016 and 2017 While the concession announced by the Commissioner is certainly welcome the fine still has to be paid and ICMSA will continue to lobby for further concessions including a butterfat adjustment to alleviate the pressures on farmers at a time of very high investment requirements on farms concluded Mr McCormack ENDS 06 March 2015 Pat McCormack is at 087 7608958 Further Signs Of Confidence In Dairy Markets ICMSA McCormack says clear onus on IDB to keep upward trend of Index going 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

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  • Further Signs Of Confidence In Dairy Markets – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    processor level in mainland Europe and this confidence should be reflected back to Irish farmers from their Co ops who are currently below this price level at 30 5 cpl Mr McCormack said that other market indicators are positive including the Global Dairy Trade Auction which rose for the sixth consecutive time last Tuesday There were significant gains in particular for a number of products within the latest GDT auction with cheddar increasing by 10 8 SMP increasing by 5 9 and butter by 2 5 Dutch Dairy quotation are also rebounding in the last number of months with butter SMP returns up 21 since their lowest point in December and WMP up 23 in that timeframe also These indicators all point to a strong dairy market and given the indications of a continued tightening in the global supply situation due to drought in New Zealand lower milk production globally due to reduced prices as well as reductions in European supplies due to impending superlevy dairy farmers can be optimistic regarding milk price for 2015 Cash flow is a major issue on dairy farms at this time of year and in particular this year due to superlevy problems and thus every cent counts and it is essential that Co ops recognise this fact recognise the improved market returns and pass back the maximum returns possible to their suppliers concluded Mr McCormack ENDS 06 March 2015 Pat McCormack is at 087 7608958 Belview Development A Strong Signal Of The Potential Of Irish Dairy Sector ICMSA Co ops Must Offer Delayed Superlevy Payment Concession To All Suppliers 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

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  • Belview Development A Strong Signal Of The Potential Of Irish Dairy Sector – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    provided the marketplace delivers a reasonable and fair margin for them Dairy markets Mr Comer said will have to return on a consistent basis a milk price that will allow milk suppliers earn a decent living from farming which is comparable with other sectors in the economy and we also must ensure that this milk is supplied from family farms and not factory type farms that are more prevalent in other milk producing regions of the world The massive investments at processing level Mr Comer said is also being mirrored at farm level and it is hugely important that Government support is forthcoming as soon as possible to support farm development In this regard it is disappointing that at a time of major change at farm level Teagasc our national state advisory service has never been so under resourced from a advisory perspective and it is likely that between now and 15 May advisors time will be taken up by the Basic Payment Scheme and its complexities Over the next five years while there will be significant opportunities for farmers serious bumps in the road are likely to be faced by individual suppliers and the back up of a properly resourced skilled advisory service will be critical in this regard and is a matter that needs to be addressed by Government The facility opened today Mr Comer said has been rightly supported by Government and we must ensure that the position of primary producers is clearly analysed and appropriate supports are put in place so that farmers can survive during the difficult periods that will inevitably arise from time to time going forward Today is a positive news story for the Irish dairy sector and we must ensure that the benefits flow fairly along the supply chain and in particular

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  • ICMSA Welcome Taoiseach’s Comments On Taxation Of Self-Employed. | I C M S A
    years highlighted as being unfair and discriminatory against self employed people including farmers who also have to deal with the issue of very volatile incomes from year to year In particular Mr Comer said that ICMSA has long highlighted the serious anomaly in relation to the PAYE tax credit that is not available to self employed people Indeed the Commission on Taxation Report recommended that an Earned Income Credit should be introduced for the self employed similar to the PAYE allowance of 1 650 in order to ensure equal treatment Under the current tax regime a self employed person from a tax perspective is 1 650 worse off than a person in PAYE employment and this needs to be addressed as part of any programme to equalize income tax treatment The proposal from the Commission on Taxation Report would certainly address this anomaly The announcement today from the Taoiseach is certainly welcome and needs to be followed by concrete actions in the upcoming Budget and the process of equalising the tax treatment completed with an agreed and speedy timeframe concluded Mr Comer ENDS 04 March 2015 John Comer is at 087 2057846 President ICMSA Beef differentials between UK and Ireland costing Irish farmers 300 per head Belview Development A Strong Signal Of The Potential Of Irish Dairy Sector 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

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  • Beef differentials between UK and Ireland costing Irish farmers €300 per head | I C M S A
    almost 15 000 euro worse off compared to his UK counterpart which is a staggering amount and amounts to the profit on most beef operations in a year The ICMSA Livestock Chairperson emphasised that this trend is not only confined to R3 steers but extends to U and O grades also How can it be that there was only 20 cent per kg difference between 03 steers at the end of May 2014 and this has risen to 72 cents a staggering 3 5 fold increase in 8 months The exchange rate with sterling has definitely benefited the factories and these additional returns should be shared with the farmer If we are supplying over 50 of our exports to one market the UK the exchange rate has turned decisively in our favour but that s not being reflected in farmers pockets The question needs to asked are we seeing yet again the links further up the chain gaining margin at the expense of farmers because the fundamentals of the markets point to much higher prices for farmers said Mr Guinan He concluded by striking a note of caution for beef farmers In the first six weeks of 2015 only 1 846 calves have been exported which represents a fall from 4 325 in the same time last year While this may not seem like too much of a worry we should note that total calve births are up close to 25 in 2015 year to date according to the latest figures from the ICBF The meat plants will have plentiful stock in two years time and farmers must realise that this extra supply will cause lower prices down the line We need a major push to export live calves concluded Mr Guinan ENDS 27 February 2015 Michael Guinan is at

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