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  • McCormack says latest prices from dairy markets are positive but ‘real test’ will come in February | I C M S A
    milk their cows yet The ICMSA Dairy Chairperson acknowledged that dairy products have had a very difficult six months but he noted that the Global Dairy Trade index figures for the last two sales have seen the overall index increase by 2 4 and 3 6 respectively Moreover he noted that when you look at the individual commodities that make up the index you can see there has been significant positive movement in butter cheddar casein and fats Butter has increased in five of the last six sales and is up over 40 in that time since the start of October 2014 Cheddar has also seen gains but not to the same extent as butter it is currently running 13 ahead of its lowest point in November 2014 Dutch Quotations have also gone up in the last few weeks with increases across the board in the most recent returns butter led the way with a 3 increase recorded said Mr McCormack ICMSA felt that stability was returning returned to dairy markets and a recovery may be under way In addition serious investments at processor and Irish Dairy Board level have been made with the promise to farmers that they will deliver during periods of market weakness The Irish Dairy Board in particular will be expected to deliver for farmers in 2015 but the current reductions in the Price Index do not inspire confidence When markets were rising farmers were told that Irish prices couldn t rise as fast as we had to buffer the customers we supply the very same principle needs to be applied now in reverse and our prices must not fall to the same extent concluded Mr McCormack Ends 20 January 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 ICMSA propose very substantial amendments to Wildlife Act and want closed

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/mccormack-says-latest-prices-from-dairy-markets-are-positive-but-real-test-will-come-in-february/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA propose “very substantial amendments” to Wildlife Act and want closed period for hedge-cutting shortened by a month | I C M S A
    was no longer tenable for Irish farmers to be prohibited from maintaining hedgerows and possibly breaching the cross compliance rules governing the Basic Payment Scheme formerly the Single Farm Payment He noted that the original closed period set out in the 1976 act was amended and extended by the Wildlife Amendment Act 2000 in a way that had now been overtaken by our knowledge of how and when the wildlife interacted with this environment and the legislation now measurably lagged the reality in a way that was imposing a large and growing cost on farmers and the state s biggest indigenous economic activity No one can say that farmers have been anything but incredibly positive about maintaining the environment and protecting the wildlife our environment supports Over 40 million hedgerow plants have been planted through REPS and AEOS and nearly 10 000 kilometres of new hedgerow planted in the last 20 year We ve done everything we can and jumped through every environmental hoop but we have a situation in both hedgerow cutting and burning on both enclosed and unclosed lands where we now know for certain that the duration and timing of the closed periods are unnecessary and should be amended to keep up with the scientific research and make it someway easier for farmers to comply with a what are already onerous environmental regulatory frameworks We expect a reasonable and positive response from the National Parks Wildlife Service to what are reasonable and positive proposed amendments said Mr Comer Ends 9 January 2015 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairperson ICMSA Farm Rural Affairs Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Farmer anger growing as Meat Factories shamelessly renege on quality bonus Commitments McCormack says latest prices from dairy markets are positive but real test will come in

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-propose-very-substantial-amendments-to-wildlife-act-and-want-closed-period-for-hedge-cutting-shortened-by-a-month/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmer anger growing as Meat Factories “shamelessly renege” on quality bonus Commitments | I C M S A
    Chairperson said that If the word of Meat Industry Ireland is to mean anything then the meat factories and processors really have to grasp the fact that other parties expect them to follow through on commitments they have made and not always to be looking for a chance to welsh and row back on agreements Farmers as well as Minister Coveney and his team are being taken for fools by this tactic and it completely undermines the credibility and reputation of the Beef Roundtable process said Mr Guinan Ends 6 January 2015 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairperson ICMSA Livestock Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say first Global Dairy Trade Auction of 2015 sees 3 6 rise ICMSA propose very substantial amendments to Wildlife Act and want closed period for hedge cutting shortened by a month 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

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  • ICMSA say first Global Dairy Trade Auction of 2015 sees 3.6% rise | I C M S A
    was the second auction in a row to see prices rise Mr McCormack noted that there were increases across all range of products traded ranging from 1 6 to 13 2 While the market undoubtedly has some way to go in relation to stability farmers expect and are perfectly entitled to expect that Co ops will not take knee jerk decisions in relation to milk price but will wait to determine how markets are going to develop In addition dairy farmers are expecting a significant dividend from our milk processors and marketers in 2015 following the significant investments made over the last number of years in terms of capacity product development and routes to market If these investments are to mean anything then they must protect farmers during periods of market downturn and that is the basis on which farmers will judge them This momentous year has just begun and these auction prices are to be warmly welcomed but we are still urging the industry the Minister and the EU Commission to put in place plans to protect farmers in the event that prices fall to unsustainable levels in 2015 concluded Mr McCormack Ends 6 January 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Irish Beef cleared for re entry to US Market ICMSA congratulate Minister Coveney on hugely positive achievement Farmer anger growing as Meat Factories shamelessly renege on quality bonus Commitments 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-say-first-global-dairy-trade-auction-of-2015-sees-3-6-rise/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Irish Beef cleared for re-entry to US Market — ICMSA congratulate Minister Coveney on ”hugely positive achievement” | I C M S A
    announcement was excellent news and would be welcomed as a positive beginning to a year in which beef prices were expected to make a substantial recovery Mr Guinan said that congratulations were due to Minister Coveney and his team for persisting with what were undoubtedly intensive negotiations but the fundamental reason why Ireland had been selected first for re entry to the US Beef Market was the excellence and high standard of our product due to the hard work and technical competence of Irish farmers Mr Guinan noted that US beef prices are presently around 4 50 per kilo and that price represented a decent opportunity for Irish product but he cautioned that all the Government s efforts to secure Irish re entry to the US market would be wasted unless this hugely positive achievement was reflected in the price being paid to the farmers raising the beef There was little point he said in the Government securing new and better markets if the factories were going to hog the better margins available and keep suppressing the price paid to the people actually producing the beef Ends 5 January 2015 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairperson ICMSA Livestock Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Christmas Greeting ICMSA say first Global Dairy Trade Auction of 2015 sees 3 6 rise 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/irish-beef-cleared-for-re-entry-to-us-market-icmsa-congratulate-minister-coveney-on-hugely-positive-achievement/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Christmas Greeting | I C M S A
    and all staff would like to wish all our members friends and families a happy peaceful and healthy Christmas and 2015 May the challenges it brings be met and the opportunities it presents be seized ICMSA welcome draft Grocery Goods regulations but doubt ability or will of Competition Consumer Agency to take on retail giants Irish Beef cleared for re entry to US Market ICMSA congratulate Minister Coveney on hugely positive achievement 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 26 27 28 29 30 31 All Press Releases 2015 December November October September August July June May April March February January 2014 December November October September August July June May April March February January 2013 December November October September August July

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/12/christmas-greeting/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome draft Grocery Goods regulations but doubt ability or will of Competition & Consumer Agency to ‘take on’ retail giants | I C M S A
    Consumer Protection Agency for what Mr McCormack said was bound to be an intense and complex struggle to rebalance the relationship between primary producer and retailer He said that confidence in the new agency formerly known as the Competition Authority had been severely dented by their intervention in the Beef Dispute when their statement about the need to respect competition had the real effect of shoring up the meat factories position and policymakers inactivity Mr McCormack said that ICMSA had at that time described the intervention as brass necked and the Competition Consumer Protection Agency had much work to do if they were to convince farmers that they had the appetite and the expertise for the struggle involved in regulating corporations of enormous wealth and power The ICMSA Deputy President said that talk was cheap and farmers would wait to see what the Competition Consumer Agency actually did if anything The ICMSA Deputy President concluded by welcoming the publication of the regulations for consultation and he said that he did not doubt Minister Bruton s bone fides but he felt along with most other commentators that meaningful rebalancing of the EU s food supply system back from the retailers and towards the farmer producers would only really work if that rebalancing originated and was supervised by the EU Commission The retail corporations involved in the wholesale abuses we see are all multi and trans national and the ability of any one Member State to take them on must be open to question The problem is multinational and the solution will have to be multinational also In our context that means that has to mean that the Commission takes the lead and begins to consciously rebalance the EU s food supply chain back towards some degree of equity and fairness to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/12/icmsa-welcome-draft-grocery-goods-regulations-but-doubt-ability-or-will-of-competition-consumer-agency-to-take-on-retail-giants/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Express Serious Reservations Over Department Proposals for National Reserve. | I C M S A
    We cannot forget that all farmers are suffering this cut and that the funds should be used fairly and wisely In particular Mr McCormack said that there were two aspects of particular concern the fact that these payments can be drawn down on conacre and could effectively be sold the next year and secondly that this payment will be made on the first 90Ha 223 acres declared which is almost three times the national average farm size and is 40 ha higher than the limit set for young farmers and will provide the farmer with a payment that is double the national average Mr McCormack said that we need to recognise that many small and medium sized farmers are suffering cuts to fund this scheme and ICMSA believes that a more appropriate limit would be 50ha the same as set for the Young Farmers Scheme and which is still at a high level In relation to conacre it is clear Government policy to encourage long term leasing of land and ICMSA believes that at a minimum the payment should be linked to leased land only and we cannot have the situation that people use this payment which is provided free of charge to drive up the price of conacre for other farmers The scheme Mr McCormack concluded has clear merits but ICMSA believes that these issues need to be addressed and finally any monies not utilised under the scheme should be given back to the farmers who suffered the cut in order to reduce the substantial cuts facing many farmers ENDS 05 December 2014 Pat McCormack is at 087 7608958 ICMSA meet EU Agriculture Commissioner on Dairy Situation ICMSA welcome draft Grocery Goods regulations but doubt ability or will of Competition Consumer Agency to take on retail giants Search the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/12/icmsa-express-serious-reservations-over-department-proposals-for-national-reserve/ (2016-01-06)
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