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  • ICMSA say Coveney must redouble efforts on butterfat adjustment as State “almost certain” to break through quota in 2014/15 production year | I C M S A
    from his EU ministerial colleagues at this time was always difficult to envisage We spoke to Minister Coveney directly and very recently on this matter and he s very well aware of our views that an adjustment is required In practical terms it may well be Q3 or even Q4 of this year before we see any movement on this issue said the ICMSA Deputy President who also chairs the association s Dairy Committee The really important point to grasp is that Irish milk production is almost certain to break through its quota allocation for 2014 15 cows are milking tremendously well at the moment and it seems a racing certainty that we ll exceed the volume of milk produced in 2013 14 We need that butterfat adjustment and we do need Minister Coveney to redouble his efforts on this issue over the coming months concluded Mr McCormack Ends 17 June 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office The Deputy President of ICMSA Pat McCormack has warmly welcomed the decision of Kerry to hold their May milk price describing it as a demonstration of the kind of leadership and commitment that other processors should learn from Taoiseach told that disillusionment is rampant amongst farmers due to continuous failure to confront retailer and beef factories cartels 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-coveney-must-redouble-efforts-on-butterfat-adjustment-as-state-almost-certain-to-break-through-quota-in-201415-production-year/ (2016-01-06)
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  • The Deputy President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has warmly welcomed the decision of Kerry to hold their May milk price describing it as a demonstration of the kind of leadership and commitment that other processors should learn from. | I C M S A
    has been a demonstrable lag in both the scale and timing of price rises from processors to farmers that means that sufficient reserves were build up at Co op and processor level to enable them to hold prices in these circumstances The Kerry decision is a plain and simple recognition that markets are in a better condition than has been stated by other processors This decision represents the kind of commitment to suppliers that farmers need going forward into the post quota era because it shows a major processor making a decision on the basis of stability and a rational view of the medium to long term prospects ICMSA would say that it also demonstrates a much more advanced strategic understanding of where Irish milk supply is headed than many other processors and Co ops who still seem wedded to the old model of low and slow rises on a strong market to be followed by instant and hefty cuts at the very first opportunity Concluding Mr McCormack called on other processors who have yet to set May milk price to follow the example set by Kerry and hold milk price at April levels Ends 16 June 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say data proves that something very wrong with share out of retail beef price farmers put three years work in for 46 while factories and retailers work for two weeks for 56 ICMSA say Coveney must redouble efforts on butterfat adjustment as State almost certain to break through quota in 2014 15 production year 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/the-deputy-president-of-icmsa-pat-mccormack-has-warmly-welcomed-the-decision-of-kerry-to-hold-their-may-milk-price-describing-it-as-a-demonstration-of-the-kind-of-leadership-and-commitment-that-ot/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say data proves that ‘something very wrong’ with share-out of retail beef price: farmers put three years work in for 46% while factories and retailers work for two weeks for 56% | I C M S A
    where farmers get a lower percentage from a lower price is very questionable action on the part of both the retailers and the processors and the result is that beef farmers are struggling to stay afloat Even more extraordinary is to realise that this double cut comes at a time when average beef retail prices have to the consumer have gone up noted said Mr Comer There can t be any doubt now that by comparison with the returns in the UK Irish farmers are getting a raw deal with UK farmers receiving a higher percentage of the retail price But that the UK farmers are still seeing the same trend as their Irish counterparts with a declining percentage of final retail prices going to the farmer at the same time as the retail price is actually increasing Ireland desperately needs an official breakdown of final retail prices on a standardised and regular basis that enables everyone to see who s getting what in a transparent manner and which can track trends The farm organisations are happy to do this but it should be coming from official sources and have that official authority and unless and until that happens the suspicion that something s very wrong will remain and grow as farmers look at a breakdown that sees them holding an animal for three and half years including gestation and receiving a 46 return of final retail price while the processor and retailer together hold the same animal for two weeks and receive 54 of the price said Mr Comer Ends 13 June John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA very critical of GIIL price cut and estimate it will cost 300 000L suppliers in excess of 4000 in second half of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-data-proves-that-something-very-wrong-with-share-out-of-retail-beef-price-farmers-put-three-years-work-in-for-46-while-factories-and-retailers-work-for-two-weeks-for-5/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA very critical of GIIL price cut and estimate it will cost 300,000L suppliers in excess of €4000 in second half of year | I C M S A
    forward to the year end We needed the state s biggest processor of milk to stand up for their suppliers and hold the May milk price and instead we got a decision that unjustifiably in our opinion takes very sizable sums out of suppliers cheques said Mr McCormack There is another factor here Irish processors have constantly lagged their world counterparts when paying for milk Looking at international milk price comparisons it shows that Irish Co ops are continually paying a lower price to their milk suppliers than their European and World counterparts The monthly calculations undertaken by the Dutch Dairy board show that the Irish processors were close to 1 euro per 100kg below the European rolling average for April The 12 month rolling average milk price paid across Europe in April was 39 73 per 100kg and the Irish processors paid out 38 94 and 38 77 respectively These prices are excluding VAT and 4 2 fat and 3 4 protein More worrying is the fact that Irish processors are now below New Zealand and US milk prices for the month of April and the difference is close to 2 euro per 100kg This result underlines a dramatic turnabout in the last five years when Irish prices were above those of NZ and US by up to 40 This has changed radically and very recently with New Zealand and the US increasing their prices substantially to overtake the European average he noted Irish milk processors have it well within their power to hold milk price at current levels for the coming months if the markets remain at their current position and that s exactly what they should do concluded Mr McCormack Ends 6 June 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-very-critical-of-giil-price-cut-and-estimate-it-will-cost-300000l-suppliers-in-excess-of-e4000-in-second-half-of-year/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Coveney’s BVD measures don’t go far enough – “Either we’re serious about this or we’re not” state Milk Suppliers | I C M S A
    that BVD does not discriminate by breed or sex of the animal The ICMSA Deputy President noted that ratio of PI retention between dairy and beef herds is close to 50 50 and the exclusion of males and beef breeds from the dairy herd from the compensation scheme is a major oversight If compensation is seen as a means of removing PIs then it makes no sense to discriminate between herd types or on the basis of the gender of the animal or we will be in the exactly the same position in 12 months time with very significant numbers of Persistently Infected Animals being retained on farms we re either serious about eradicating this or we re not said Mr McCormack The Minister also needs to look at other measures in his effort to remove PIs This starts with the notification of neighbours who bound farmers retaining PIs for more than 7 weeks after the birth of that animal This is essential as there are more herds that have a BVD free status and they are entitled to all aid in taking the precautions necessary to stay that way Informing the vets of those farmers who have retained PIs is another vital move so that the vet can take any decontamination measures they deem wise before going onto a BVD free farm straight from dealing with a potential PI animal in another herd It is acknowledged by all that the removal of PIs is absolutely essential the Minister s compensation package needs to go further and must apply equally to all PI herds if we re to get on top of this problem concluded Mr McCormack 5 June 2014 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Milk Suppliers critical of Charge

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-coveneys-bvd-measures-dont-go-far-enough-either-were-serious-about-this-or-were-not-state-milk-suppliers/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Milk Suppliers critical of “Charge first – correct later” approach to water charges | I C M S A
    escalate if Irish Water and the Government do not establish an appropriate and reasonable pricing policy structure The establishment of Irish Water and the expansion of charges to all households should result in economies of scale and a consequent reduction in the charges paid by farmers But that doesn t appear to be even a possibility and we re starting to have serious concerns regarding the current policy direction That policy could be described as a charge first correct later policy where we see a policy of significant investment in meter installation while at the very same time in excess of 40 percent of water treated is lost in leakage That kind of inefficiency in the system must not be allowed to continue and all consumers farm families included must demand that a campaign of investment in the water system to rectify that kind of systematic underinvestment and defect begins immediately and that we are not left with a situation where the charges are sucked up in salaries and conditions by the staff of the very quango charged with overseeing the water system said Mr Rohan In conclusion Mr Rohan referred to the fragmentation of land holdings across the country and stated that farmers must no longer be charged multiple standing charges for different meters and that there must be only one standing charge per family Ends 4 June 2014 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairperson ICMSA Farm Services Environment Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Beef Roundtable Must Deliver Meaningful Proposals on Prices For Farmers ICMSA ICMSA say Coveney s BVD measures don t go far enough Either we re serious about this or we re not state Milk Suppliers Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/milk-suppliers-critical-of-charge-first-correct-later-approach-to-water-charges/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Beef Roundtable Must Deliver Meaningful Proposals on Prices For Farmers – ICMSA | I C M S A
    in the hands of a small number of buyers at both processor and most particularly at retail level and they are simply dictating to the other links in the chain and the so called regulators at national and EU level are simply letting it happen If the regulators and that I mean the relevant Government Departments and the EU Commission cannot step in and address these matters then beef and other systems of production based on the family farm model are in serious jeopardy The Irish agriculture sector is entering a period of rapid change and unless structures are put in place that will see the marketplace return a price that will deliver a reasonable profit from beef production with a fair specification there is a danger that beef production as we know it today in Ireland will not continue For example Mr Comer said that an industry where a farmer invests in an animal for over two years and then at the end has difficulty getting that animal killed and when it is subsequently slaughtered is out of spec is simply not sustainable Given that beef from the dairy herd will represent an ever increasing portion of total beef production in Ireland structures and a revised grid needs to be put in place to ensure that the animal produced can meet market requirements and most importantly that the farmer gets a reasonable return There is growing farmer frustration in relation to the beef sector and there is an onus on the Roundtable meeting to bring forward proposals that will address farmer concerns and farmers need to see actions this week concluded Mr Comer Ends 30 May 2014 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Paul Smyth 087 9889221 ICMSA Policy Officer Amendment to priority categories in Knowledge Transfer Scheme

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/beef-roundtable-must-deliver-meaningful-proposals-on-prices-for-farmers-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Amendment to priority categories in Knowledge Transfer Scheme follows ICMSA-Department of Ag meeting | I C M S A
    Coveney to ensure that a full year s payment is made given that many of these farmers have been excluded from agri environment schemes for a number of years with a consequent loss of income In terms of the design of the scheme we think that the Department should use a standard costing system as opposed to a receipt based scheme which created significant problems with the AEOS scheme It is also essential that the scheme includes measures that are practical for more intensive farms as many of the current proposed measures will not suit these farms and will effectively exclude them from the scheme said Mr Comer In the context of quota abolition the on farm investment schemes and the ongoing development of farms become hugely important and it is inevitable that there will be greater demand in the early years of this scheme ICMSA believes that the funding of this scheme should be frontloaded to 2015 and 2016 In terms of investments that are eligible for grant aid ICMSA repeated its view that underpasses feeding systems silage bases and cluster removers where an individual is upgrading a parlour should all be eligible for grant aid There are significant costs involved in these type of upgrade and ICMSA believes that these items should be eligible under the new scheme as they should be deemed necessary In relation to the Knowledge Transfer scheme we welcome the decision of the Department not to discriminate against dairy farmers who do not wish or who are not in a position to expand In the initial proposal these farmers were in Priority 2 and this has now been changed which is welcome We re concerned that the Knowledge Transfer scheme could become almost a paperwork scheme and in this regard ICMSA again called on

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/amendment-to-priority-categories-in-knowledge-transfer-scheme-follows-icmsa-department-of-ag-meeting/ (2016-01-06)
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