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  • McCormack warns on ‘double-threat’ posed by Superlevy and milk price squeeze | I C M S A
    down September showed a further increase in the projected superlevy figure Farmers need to be very mindful and much more alert to the scale of the potential fine that will come their way The amount of flexi milk will be minuscule and the likelihood is that producers under 350 000 litres will also find themselves very much exposed as all Co ops are either on or well ahead of quota ICMSA prides itself on taking a sober approach to short and medium term analysis but frankly the red lights are flashing very bright right now Mr McCormack also said that the possibility and rumours of a last minute miracle being produced at European level need to be quashed as there are Member States within the European Union not in favour of the elimination of superlevy leaving as the only real option the possibility of a butterfat adjustment which ICMSA continues to lobby for We must treat the final year the same as all of the previous thirty years and realise that the same rules apply Even with a relaxing of the rules on butterfat and the holding of milk for the final days of the March the country will still pay the highest superlevy of the quota period if production stays as it is We need to proceed very carefully from this point and we ll need some recognition from the Minister of Agriculture that his priority is going to be the sustenance of our family dairy farm sector through what is starting to look like a very challenging period indeed concluded Mr McCormack Ends 17 October 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Summary of Budget 2015 MEPs urged to reject Commission s stripping of CAP funds for top up

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/mccormack-warns-on-double-threat-posed-by-superlevy-and-milk-price-squeeze/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Summary of Budget 2015 | I C M S A
    2016 Staff Committees Dairy Farm Rural Affairs Committee Livestock Farm Business Executive Gallery National AGM Meeting 2015 General Gallery Useful Information Application Forms Links Events Diary Membership Contact Us ICMSA Summary of Budget 2015 Oct 16 2014 Download PDF 261KB

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/icmsa-summary-of-budget-2015-overview/ (2016-01-06)
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  • EPA Farm Hazardous Information 2014 Bring Centres | I C M S A
    Staff Committees Dairy Farm Rural Affairs Committee Livestock Farm Business Executive Gallery National AGM Meeting 2015 General Gallery Useful Information Application Forms Links Events Diary Membership Contact Us EPA Farm Hazardous Information 2014 Bring Centres Oct 06 2014 Download PDF

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/epa-farm-hazardous-information-2014/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Embrace Farm founder says farm fatalities run risk of increasing as farming intensifies | I C M S A
    the risk My concern is that as farming intensifies over the coming years it could get worse The ending of quotas for example is going to see a lot of young farmers in particular increasing their herd size That s going to mean more animals more silage to be harvested more machinery on farms and generally more activity That equates to greater risk Introducing the What s left behind campaign Mr Rohan whose father Liam died at the age of 74 two years ago following an accident at the family farm in Shanahoe Co Laois said that the videos featuring four farm families that have suffered great loss will give an insight into the emotional and practical loss associated with farm accidents We are essentially with these videos trying to illustrate as our campaign theme says what s left behind as a result of farm fatalities What s left behind is awful make no mistake about it and its essentially across two strands There s the terrible emotional pain that is so obvious but then there s the huge practical pain that many people don t realise at the time of who picks up the pieces Who farms the farm when the farmer dies We are asking for farmers and their wives children or parents to ensure their man or woman on the farm takes extra care not least now as farming is intensifying We all know the risks so if you think there s a risk on your farm make it safe he said Launching the campaign Minister for Agriculture Food the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney commended the Rohan family on the initiative Brian Rohan and his family endured the ultimate pain because of a farm fatality but they are using their terrible experience to try and effect

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  • Comer says Farmers Charter must have oversight role on new Investigations Division | I C M S A
    Special Investigations Unit and farmers believed that these concerns were largely ignored While Farmers want to ensure that people who undermine the agriculture sector at any level of the supply chain through illegal activity are made accountable and dealt with their key concern is the possibility of genuine farmers making minor errors and finding themselves dragged into this regime that s simply not acceptable A balance needs to be achieved in this regard and ICMSA believes that there needs to be regular dialogue with farmers on the workings of the Investigations Division The Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee provides the appropriate forum to actively address the genuine concerns held by farmers concluded Mr Comer Ends 1 October 2014 Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Winter Ready for Farm Families Issued by the Office of Emergency Planning Department of Defence Embrace Farm founder says farm fatalities run risk of increasing as farming intensifies 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/comer-says-farmers-charter-must-have-oversight-role-on-new-investigations-division/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Winter Ready for Farm Families – Issued by the Office of Emergency Planning, Department of Defence | I C M S A
    2016 Executive Area Chairpersons and Committees 2015 2016 Staff Committees Dairy Farm Rural Affairs Committee Livestock Farm Business Executive Gallery National AGM Meeting 2015 General Gallery Useful Information Application Forms Links Events Diary Membership Contact Us Winter Ready for Farm Families Issued by the Office of Emergency Planning Department of Defence Oct 01 2014 Download PDF 1 24MB Department proposing 8 000 grant cut in new Dairy Equipment Scheme unacceptable

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/winter-ready-for-farm-families/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Department proposing €8,000 grant cut in new Dairy Equipment Scheme – “unacceptable” | I C M S A
    aid where the cost of the milking machine is in excess of 40 000 and where the cost of the bulk tank exceeds 25 000 which will be absolutely the case for many farmers Any farm development requires a considerable level of personal financing and this scale of reduction in grant aid could have very significant implications for many farmers trying to secure finance for the works involved as we enter a period of significant milk price volatility post quota Banks are operating very strict credit criteria and sufficient grant aid is absolutely critical to the success and failure of a dairy investment It is incredible given the Minister s growth objectives for the dairy sector in the 2015 2020 period that the Government would actually reduce the level of grant aid available to farmers and if the Minister is serious about helping dairy farmers develop and modernise their dairy facilities a reduction in maximum investment ceilings should be dismissed out of hand said Mr McCormack ICMSA also expressed concerns regarding eligible investment items under the new schemes and reiterated its view that cluster removers should be eligible for grant aid on existing units given their significant cost and given their recognised benefits for SCC levels animal welfare and farm management A farmer who develops his or her dairy facilities in stages to be financially prudent should not be penalised for doing so and recognition of this by grant aiding cluster removers on existing units should be included in the new scheme he concluded Ends 29 September 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say survey showing 50 of farmers have been hit directly by suicide is shocking Comer says withdrawal of services from rural communities contributes to loneliness and

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  • ICMSA say survey showing 50% of farmers have been hit ‘directly’ by suicide is shocking – Comer says withdrawal of services from rural communities contributes to loneliness and anxiety | I C M S A
    wider parish or community into a spasm of fear and sadness Confirming that ICMSA is working with Pieta House and SeeChange in the area of mental health Mr Comer said that while not making a political point or special plea he was bound to point out that as the level of services available in rural communities drops in many instances into a state of non existence that the opportunities and possibilities for the ordinary everyday neighbourly encounters that are the fabric of any healthy community drop away and disappear as well The creameries went a generation ago But now the post office might be gone and the postman uses a post box at the top of the passage so you never see him or her any more Or maybe you got a message that the Guard wanted to see you or you had to get something signed and off you went into the village to see them But now the local barracks is closed So is the local bank And the local DVO District Veterinary Office And the local pub is one of the 2000 that have closed in the last decade And maybe the local school is going to be closed and amalgamated with a few others into a new super school he noted Mr Comer concluded by stating that all of society must realise that providing services and options for farming and rural communities isn t any kind of burden or expense but actually the sensible rational and healthy way of keeping the people who produce our food involved and intrinsic to our debates and wellbeing Ends 23 September 2014 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Model Rosanna Davison denigration of dairy is scientifically illiterate say ICMSA Department proposing 8

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