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  • Model Rosanna Davison denigration of dairy is “scientifically illiterate” say ICMSA | I C M S A
    nutritional research has been in for some years now certainly long enough for anyone interested in the area to grasp the main thrust There is now an unquestioned acceptance of the crucial roles played by cheese and dairy products in a healthy and obesity avoiding diet The current nutritional rehabilitation of butter in terms of food health is especially welcome and all reputable commentators now understood and stressed the innate superiority of real butter over the synthetic and oil based replacements that we were told for years were healthier said Mr Comer This re discovery of age old wisdom about what constitutes real food is combining with state of the art research and is rolling back the type of quackery and nonsense we ve had to listen to for many years from individuals who just can t or won t accept the overwhelming evidence that exists against their own pet theories on what constitutes good food Rosanna Davison is a very high profile model who is justly famed for her beauty and poise but I have to ask why she seems fixated on continually undermining the image and reality of dairy and meat as excellent and healthy foods This is not a harmless exercise on her part and it s most certainly not consequence free for Irish farming ICMSA represents Ireland s dairy farmers the jewel in the crown of Irish farming and we re obliged to challenge Rosanna when she comes out with this type of spoofing that denigrates and damages the image of one of the world s great foods that we produce in this country to unrivalled standards of excellence said Mr Comer Ends 18 September 2014 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA ICMSA Welcome Appointment Of Phil Hogan As Agriculture Commissioner ICMSA say survey showing 50

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  • ICMSA Welcome Appointment Of Phil Hogan As Agriculture Commissioner | I C M S A
    Comer said that from an Irish farming perspective it is very encouraging that an Irishman will now head up EU agriculture policy which has a direct influence in every town land in Ireland and is our key indigenous industry The ICMSA President listed the immediate challenges facing Mr Hogan as including the fallout of the Russian ban the ongoing price cost squeeze at farm level across the EU the implementation of the new CAP the defence of the EU s food producers from any threat posed by the Mercusor and TTIP talks and critically the tackling of the overwhelming powers and abuses perpetrated by the powerful retail corporations who maintain and increase their own margins while driving primary producers out of business Irish farmers said Mr Comer are looking forward to engaging with the new Commissioner and will be hoping that he will address the many challenges facing EU agriculture at this time and that his policies will help to develop and sustain Irish agriculture and allow us to pursue the many opportunities available to our food producers Ends 10 September 2014 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA cautious on prospects of superlevy abolition Minister should concentrate on butterfat calculation Model Rosanna Davison denigration of dairy is scientifically illiterate say 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

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  • €60m Reduction In Dairy Farm Output So Far Of Major Concern – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    of prices from 39cpl to 35cpl has cost an average producer of 300 000 litres close to 1 200 for the month of July This follows a loss of 600 for the June and May milk cheques However despite negative comments regarding milk price from some people there are pluses and given that we are in the August period the last Global Dairy Trade Auction is surprising in that it sold the second highest volume of product since January and also had the largest number of buyers it strongly suggests that demand for dairy products remain strong and with EU and regions like China moving into their quiet production periods all is not negative and it is essential that hasty decisions are not taken When you consider that an additional seven billion litres of milk has been produced globally in the first half of 2014 this indicates that the market has absorbed this additional supply and there should be and is no need for knee jerk reactions Dairy farmers expect that the Irish Dairy Board and processors with their strong profits in 2013 and in the first half of 2014 along with their considerable investments in value added will be in a position to pay Irish farmers a strong price and also to demonstrate clearly that they have the financial and marketing capability to deal with volatility in advance of quota abolition and their drive to get their suppliers to produce more milk Farmers expect that their marketing and processing arms can demonstrate their volatility plans over the coming months and not simply pass back the pain to farmers who have already seen 60m taken out of their pockets this year concluded Mr McCormack ENDS 22 August 2014 Pat McCormack is at 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA EU Must Protect

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  • EU Must Protect Farmers From Russian Ban – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    Agri Food sector cannot be expected to pay a heavy price as a result of these political sanctions and quite clearly as seen in previous crisis any negative implications from the ban will be passed back to the primary producers by the more powerful links further up the supply chain Already in other sectors across the EU it is the farmer who is being directly hit with the processors simply passing back the pain While the possibility of an Aids to Private Storage Scheme is a welcome development it is of limited value and the reality is that the product will have to be sold at some stage into the future At EU and at national level a strong focus must be placed on finding new markets with price supports if necessary With food prices rising in Russia with reports of increases of up to 60 and on average 15 for meat to date it is quite clear that to meet Russian requirements displacement will take place in other markets and it is absolutely essential that state agencies in particular Bord Bia are given the necessary resources and provide the necessary support to Agri Food exporters to maintain our existing markets and contracts for produce and develop new markets where required In addition ICMSA firmly believes that with the implementation of Emergency Market Support Measures for some sectors as a result of the Russian ban farmers should not have to pay for the cost of these measures by a cut in their Single Farm Payment Under the CAP regulations the Crisis Reserve is funded by a cut in the Single Farm Payment and given that the current ban is as a result of the Ukraine crisis ICMSA firmly believes that farmers should not have to pay the cost of what

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  • Retailer Margin Continues to Rise as Beef Farmers Suffer – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    have fallen for the consumer but that the players up the chain the processors and in particular the retailers have decided to take advantage of increased supplies simply to boost their own margins at the expense of farmers and they are also using new specifications to boost their profits The grabbing of margin by those further up the chain will only be solved at EU level and it is essential that our Minister and our MEP s make the power of multiple retailers a key policy priority for the new term This issue has been discussed for years but no practical actions to aid producers have been introduced On the plus side with beef supplies expected to decline for the rest of 2014 and into 2015 some relief should be on the horizon in the coming months However Mr Guinan said for Irish farmers to fully benefit from the easing in supplies a number of serious bottlenecks need to be addressed with the export of live cattle to Northern Ireland top of the agenda along with specification issues efforts to generate a viable live export trade for forward cattle and minimising the impact of the recent Russian ban These issues must be at the top of the Ministers agenda Beef supplies Mr Guinan said in Ireland are currently running at 12 above 2013 levels but in the UK they are 2 below 2013 levels Cattle supplies are likely to ease in Ireland over the coming months and into 2015 and also ease further in the UK in the coming months which is positive from our perspective given that the UK is the main market outlet for Irish beef Latest figures Mr Guinan said indicate that kill numbers in the UK will fall further in 2015 This fall in production in

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  • Farm Income Volatility Must Be Addressed in Budget 2015 – ICMSA | I C M S A
    stated that ICMSA have proposed the introduction of what is referred to in Australia as a Farm Management Deposits Scheme FMDS which has both a positive farm financing component and a built in mechanism to smooth out income over the years In recommending a similar scheme to the FMDS ICMSA believe the existing income averaging scheme in Ireland should be maintained Mr Mc Cabe stated that ICMSA believe the FMDS has many merits and most definitely should be considered for incorporating into the Irish income tax code for farmers However he stated that ICMSA have suggested a number of modifications to take account of Irish conditions Mr Mc Cabe stated that an increasing number of Irish farmers are incorporating in order to avail of the reduced 12 5 percent Corporation Tax rate In this context ICMSA believe that in order to provide some of the advantages of incorporation from the point of view of providing self funding for investment and capital loan repayment ICMSA have recommended that the 12 5 percent tax should apply on a once off basis for the amounts deposited in the farm management account Farmers would then be able to avail of these funds in the farm management deposit account for farm investment purposes as the farm business required No further tax would be paid on such funds taken from the deposit account where they are invested in the farm In addition where funds are taken from the farm deposit account in the form of income then the normal rate of tax would apply to these withdrawals less a credit for the 12 5 percent tax which was originally paid on the funds when deposited in the farm deposit account in the first instance These arrangements would give all the advantages of incorporation without the necessary

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  • Worrying Increase in Farm Fatalities – ICMSA | I C M S A
    the whole of last year and represents a tragically high rate of farm fatalities in 2014 Mr Comer urged all farmers to keep their safety and that of their families at the forefront of their mind at all times The ICMSA President stated the National Conference on Farm Safety and Health is extremely important in terms of raising awareness among farm families of the inherent dangers in their everyday activities and thereby working to reduce the level of farm accidents However Mr Comer stated that the Conference will also provide an opportunity to reflect on a year which to date has seen a very worrying increase in farm fatalities Mr Comer stated that farmyards are extremely busy places particularly at certain times of the year and that care must be taken at all times to ensure all work is carried out in a safe environment and that at no time must safety standards be relaxed In conclusion Mr Comer stated that ICMSA will be working with its members to ensure that they carry out their work in a safe manner thereby minimizing the number of accidents resulting in injury or death ENDS 20 August 2014 John Comer is at 087 2057846 August Price Movements Shouldn t Influence Milk Price Decisions ICMSA Farm Income Volatility Must Be Addressed in Budget 2015 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

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  • August Price Movements Shouldn’t Influence Milk Price Decisions – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    dairy markets have weakened ICMSA is clearly stating that too much should not be read into price movements at present August is the traditional holiday period and this is no different in the dairy markets with buyers and sellers on holidays and this typically as would be expected have a negative impact on the marketplace While recent auctions in the Global Dairy Trade have seen markets soften it is expected that buyers who have been away from the market will return in the coming months and secondly the northern hemisphere is also well past its peak milk production period Peak production in Europe our main market for dairy products has well passed which should ease some pressure on prices and it is now wait and see how production in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere fares in the coming months Milk production in these regions will clearly have a major impact on milk price as we head into 2015 While there are a number of negatives in dairy markets at present there are also plenty of positives at present including increased butter usage and the continued demand increases year on year for dairy products in developing countries In addition our dairy processors and the Irish Dairy Board have invested heavily in value added and routes to market and dairy farmers can rightly expect that these investments will deliver for farmers should the market come under pressure in the coming months concluded Mr McCormack Ends 19 August 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Russian Sanctions Irish Milk Suppliers never happy to see markets being closed but recognise the importance of acting together and demonstrating commitment Worrying Increase in Farm Fatalities ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter

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