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  • Comer says onus is on those supporting Coupled Payment to explain why all must lose so some may gain | I C M S A
    these payments going forward said Mr Comer It is clear at this stage that most dairy farmers are going to lose under the new regime But the extent of the losses will be determined by decisions taken by Minister Coveney both in terms of the Single Farm Payment and Pillar II schemes such as Agri environment and Disadvantaged Areas Schemes In common with all farmers the REPS and Disadvantaged Areas scheme were hugely important to dairy farmers and they have suffered heavily with the closure and reduction of payments in these schemes In relation to a proposed Coupled Payments if the Minister takes this option he is going to have to clearly spell out to farmers who he is going to take the funds from in order to set up these schemes what existing schemes will be cut to introduce the new schemes how much will be spent on the additional administration costs in relation to these schemes and how many more farm inspections will farmers be subject to Farmers should also realise these schemes will attract new regulations and new bureaucracy The reality is that to establish any such Coupled Payment scheme farmers will end up paying by suffering further reductions in their the Single Farm Payments and other schemes such as the Disadvantaged Areas and Agri environment schemes said Mr Comer ICMSA believes that against the background of the cuts already facing farmers that a further 8 reduction to fund a Coupled Payment simply cannot be tolerated The key issue facing the Minister is to target existing funds to those who are farming the land irrespective of whether it is dairy sucklers drystock sheep or tillage In this regard a system focussing payments to those actively farming the land is required that does not mean additional inspections and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/comer-says-onus-is-on-those-supporting-coupled-payment-to-explain-why-all-must-lose-so-some-may-gain/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA urges caution as Superlevy gap closes fast – Suppliers likely to be affected should consider Temporary Leasing | I C M S A
    under quota the gap continued to close during July and farmers need to be vigilant given that a Superlevy fine remains a distinct risk for the current quota year The statistics indicate a firm trend at the end of May the position was 4 64 under quota by the end of June that had fallen to 2 6 and now the July figure continues that trend While some parts of the country were officially in a drought situation during July and some farms had silage being fed the perfect weather conditions experienced in the first half of August are significant and the prospect of a Superlevy is becoming a distinct possibility that could pose very serious difficulties for those individual farmers substantially over quota The situation will vary depending on which Co op the farmer is supplying and it s essential that suppliers who may be exposed consult on an ongoing basis with their processor and take every opportunity to increase quota coverage including Temporary Leasing said Mr McCormack Ends 23 August 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Farmers urged to consider application to Dairy Equipment Scheme before closing date of 29 August ICMSA say last tranche undersubscribed Comer says onus is on those supporting Coupled Payment to explain why all must lose so some may gain 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-urges-caution-as-superlevy-gap-closes-fast-suppliers-likely-to-be-affected-should-consider-temporary-leasing/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmers urged to consider application to Dairy Equipment Scheme before closing date of 29 August – ICMSA say last tranche “undersubscribed” | I C M S A
    to consider applying to the scheme Mr Rohan went on the scheme as an excellent opportunity for farmers to get grant aid for milking machines and milk storage equipment The most recent Tranche closed on 31 May 2013 with a total of 548 applicants amounting to a grant value of 6 1m But the most recent Tranches have been undersubscribed and therefore funding is available for all eligible applicants The crucial point here is for the local Department offices to inform successful applicants immediately and without delay to allow farmers to plan for work to be carried out over the winter months to ensure parlours are up and running again for the spring period said Mr Rohan Mr Rohan concluded by stating that the next Tranche is due to close on 29 August 2013 and urged dairy farmers wishing to upgrade facilities to consider applying for the scheme without delay Ends 23 August 2013 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services and Environment Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA condemns knee jerk call for 10 metre buffer zone between cattle and water and demand to see the scientific basis for proposal ICMSA urges caution as Superlevy gap closes fast Suppliers likely to be affected should consider Temporary Leasing 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/farmers-urged-to-consider-application-to-dairy-equipment-scheme-before-closing-date-of-29-august-icmsa-say-last-tranche-undersubscribed/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA condemns ‘knee-jerk’ call for 10 metre buffer zone between cattle and water and demand to see the scientific basis for proposal | I C M S A
    hundreds of millions in meeting the various and complicated requirements of the EU Environmental Directives We have never been as aware of our role as guardians of the Irish countryside and environment and that heritage is taken very seriously by the present generation of farmers But it never seems to be enough for certain groups whose real problems and real agenda seems to be against the whole concept of active commercial farming It s very noticeable for instance that the council spokesman quoted by this group only said that flash flooding in the area may have washed cattle faeces into the sea We can reasonably ask on what scientific basis that may is suddenly transformed into a factual problem whose solution could see thousands of farmers with rivers and lakes on their land losing huge strips of their own land The real friends of the Irish environment are the farming families who are now and always have been the backbone of the rural communities and rural life in this country Frankly we are tired of having groups continually chipping away at our rights to earn a living from our farms while we are already meeting some of the most stringent environmental regulations anywhere in the world said Mr Comer ICMSA will not debate with any so called environmental group other than on the basis of demonstrated scientific fact and it might be better if all parties with an interest in this issue including the Minister and the Department were to turn their attention to the need for a properly resourced agri enviroment scheme in Pillar 2 of CAP that would be some kind of adequate replacement to REPS and cease the endless sniping and scapegoating of farmers on the basis of bias and hunch he concluded Ends 19 August 2013

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-condemns-knee-jerk-call-for-10-metre-buffer-zone-between-cattle-and-water-and-demand-to-see-the-scientific-basis-for-proposal/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say IDB Index ‘easily justifies’ 40c/L for July milk – call for GIIL to review their declared price | I C M S A
    marketplace are immediately passed back to their suppliers and this means that a price of at least 40 cents per litre should be paid for July milk Any Co op that does not come up to that level is categorically not returning the benefits of the marketplace to their suppliers and to date we regret to note that Co ops and processors have been inexcusably slow to pass on the increased returns This just cannot continue A difference of 2c L for an average supplier of 300 000 litres of quota would see him her lose approximately 800 for just July milk Farmers are at a loss as to how Co ops can be so short sighted and stubborn about keeping their prices low when they have direct knowledge of the financial pressures on farms he continued Leaving aside the sustained increases in World and European milk product prices Ireland has its own reliable guide to where milk prices should be set and it s the IDB Purchasing Index Given the IDB Index has shown consistent increases month on month it would be sensible to expect milk price to follow a similar path It must be remembered also that the Index is not a notional guide but is actually based on actual sales of Irish dairy products In 2010 which was the base year for the IDB Index the average milk price returned that year was 30 2 c L given the index of 130 3 for July milk prices from Co ops should be at least 40 c L he noted The Irish Dairy Board index is a direct factual indicator of returns to Irish dairy processors A minimum of 40 cents per litre must be the benchmark for July and those Co ops who have already set their

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-say-idb-index-easily-justifies-40cl-for-july-milk-call-for-giil-to-review-their-declared-price/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says retrospective penalties “unfair and unacceptable” | I C M S A
    from a situation of meeting the requirements at that stage to the present circumstances where now they are being penalised I was at that meeting at which the Department confirmed that the numbers involved in over claiming were relatively minute By their own estimation of 0 1 we are looking at a figure of approximately 1300 people who over claimed and many of these by very small amounts But we now see a situation where the Department have already contacted over 4 800 farmers and effectively accused them of over claiming whether deliberate or inadvertent and we are now being told that every parcel in the country is to be reviewed said Mr Comer This kind of retrospective trawl is grossly unfair to all farmers who have long since spent the payments received in 2010 and it is simply not good enough for the Department to announce that the basis on which they were operating in 2010 and which they confirmed to ICMSA and others is now being changed Farmers claimed in good faith were paid in good faith and spent that money in good faith and it is monumentally unfair for the Department to begin trawling through these payments years later and demanding immediate repayment of sums that they themselves had paid out and signed off on said Mr Comer ICMSA believes that the Minister should immediately announce a cessation of this campaign of unfair and unexplained clawbacks and also signal that retrospective penalties will no longer be applied If the Department want to change the system it should be discussed with the farm organisations and applied to future years But we cannot have a situation where the goalposts are shifted retrospectively and penalties imposed years later concluded Mr Comer Ends John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/comer-says-retrospective-penalties-unfair-and-unacceptable/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA lash GIIL July price as “disappointing and unconnected to market realities” | I C M S A
    price announcement is designed to avoid having to take cognisance of the next round of market price rises expected to be announced in coming days If the IDB Index is adjusted upwards in the next announcement as is widely expected then the GIIL decision will look even more questionable than it does now It is especially disappointing to consider this attempt at holding back buoyant market returns in the light of the sentiments expressed when GIIL was set up about how farmer orientated the new venture was going to be Dairy farmers will know that the best way of showing farmer orientation is to pay the best milk price that the market can bear and that is most assuredly not happening in this case where GIIL s July price is a substantial 1 5c L to 2c L below where it should be during the key months of milk production said Mr McCormack The critical point for farmer directors sitting on boards to grasp is that the IDB Index is not some kind of vague guideline to what processors and Co ops should be paying it is a precise indication of the returns that the IDB is receiving and should be viewed as the minimum basis for setting out the milk price paid to farmers The prices set out in the Index are not aspirations they are what the Board is receiving and what the processors and Co ops need to be passing back immediately to the milk suppliers Ends 2 August 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Drop in beef price estimated at 3 5 million loss to farmers in three weeks ICMSA Comer says retrospective penalties unfair and unacceptable Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-lash-giil-july-price-as-disappointing-and-unconnected-to-market-realities/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Drop in beef price estimated at €3.5 million loss to farmers in three weeks – ICMSA | I C M S A
    in the three categories for the week ending June 30 and subsequently calculating the loss of income from the lower price for the first three weeks of July shows a massive loss of just under 3 5 million It should also be noted that young bulls are excluded from this analysis which would drive this figure even higher This loss in income Mr Guinan said comes at a time when farmers are at their busiest preparing for what could be a long winter if fodder shortage predictions are borne out A strong cattle price at this time of year is not only important to cattle finishers but right down the supply chain to store producers weanling producers and suckler farmers All these farmers faced massive obstacles to beef production in the last eighteen months due to weather and fodder so it absolutely essential that there is a strong market for cattle when these farmers sell their produce stated Mr Guinan To ensure a strong market meat processors must return to the higher prices of June for farmers to stay viable over the autumn and winter periods With a tight supply situation across the UK and Europe it is unthinkable that prices should fall to the level of the last three weeks concluded Mr Guinan Ends 25 July 2013 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee Or Paul Smyth 087 9889221 ICMSA Policy Officer Retrospective Fines On Direct Payments Are Simply Unacceptable ICMSA ICMSA lash GIIL July price as disappointing and unconnected to market realities 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/drop-in-beef-price-estimated-at-e3-5-million-loss-to-farmers-in-three-weeks-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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