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  • ICMSA express 'emphatic' opposition to any Coupled Payment funded by redistribution of existing budgets | I C M S A
    seemed to be designed as some kind of sop to placate certain groups who thought themselves entitled to a higher SFPs and had been disappointed by the outline agreement A coupled payment along the lines suggested will involve cuts of up to 15 in all farmers payments to fund it that is simply the fact of the matter That s how it will work and that s how it s intended to work ICMSA repeats its complete opposition to any such move and trusts that Minister Coveney and all those with an interest in moving Irish farming forwards will see that every sensible item outlined in Food Harvest is premised on the idea of the state supporting the active farm family How can we make the necessary commitment to that group if we are now talking about diverting millions to certain sectors because they feel particularly hard done by in terms of the recent agreement and have been encouraged to think that way by for political reasons ICMSA will resist any diversion of up to 15 of farmers payments into the funding of this unnecessary coupled payment said Mr Comer Ends 8 April 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcome increase in IDB Price Index but express concern about likely poor production during peak milk period ICMSA say Minister must confront national weather crisis 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-express-emphatic-opposition-to-any-coupled-payment-funded-by-redistribution-of-existing-budgets/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome increase in IDB Price Index but express concern about likely poor production during peak milk period | I C M S A
    including VAT is certainly a welcome development and very necessary given the current pressures on dairy farmers But these decisions should be looked at as a first step given the movements in dairy markets over recent weeks with all indicators from the Global Dairy Trade Auction EU and UK published prices and now the Irish Dairy Board Index all showing considerable improvement We note yesterday s Dutch quotation which shows butter up 180 per tonne WMP up 130 per tonne and SMP up by 150 per tonne which highlights again the ongoing price surge noted Mr McCormack The financial and psychological pressures on farmers are growing by the day and now stand at levels that are of huge concern and our milk processors know this very well via their farm input businesses It will take a long time for farmers to recover from their current problems and it is imperative that processors immediately pass back the market improvements In addition to the existing challenges there is now growing concerns amongst milk producers that the normal peak milk production period when dairy farmers would earn the bulk of their income will pass with very poor production levels due to the disastrous weather conditions and this will further dent farmers revenue That additional factor makes it more urgent than ever that the proper return is made to dairy farmers and we will be monitoring the speed with which Co ops now follow the IDB said Mr McCormack Ends 10 April 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office McCormack says processors cannot simply sit on hugely improved market returns leaving their milk suppliers to struggle ICMSA express emphatic opposition to any Coupled Payment funded by redistribution of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-welcome-increase-in-idb-price-index-but-express-concern-about-likely-poor-production-during-peak-milk-period/ (2016-01-06)
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  • McCormack says processors cannot simply ‘sit’ on hugely improved market returns leaving their milk suppliers to struggle | I C M S A
    butter SMP combination is now returning almost 42 cents per litre at processing level while WMP is returning over 44 cents per litre The Irish Dairy Board index is at 111 for February and has been there for some despite some very obvious movement on international markets We note as well that dairy farmers were receiving 34 cents per litre when the index was at 109 in 2011 Thus even in advance of the market increases in recent days a price of at least 35 cents per litre is fully justified and Co ops boards can no longer sit idly by and let milk price at levels below this There is a massive and growing financial crisis on Irish dairy farms and Co ops cannot simply sit on the hugely improved returns leaving their suppliers to struggle in their present circumstances said Mr McCormack who is also Chairman of the Dairy Committee In addition to the price rise already due for retrospective market improvements Co op boards should be planning for further increases in April milk price based on a demonstrable market trend and give their suppliers a chance to milk their way out of the current crisis Co ops know very well the pressures on dairy farms right now through growing feed bills and it is high time that they responded by paying their suppliers a milk price that corresponded to the prices that the processors themselves are themselves receiving concluded Mr McCormack Ends 3 April 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say situation of farm families is reaching dire straits as weather continues to work against us ICMSA welcome increase in IDB Price Index but express concern about likely poor production during peak milk period Search the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/mccormack-says-processors-cannot-simply-sit-on-hugely-improved-market-returns-leaving-their-milk-suppliers-to-struggle/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say situation of farm families is reaching dire straits as weather “continues to work against us” | I C M S A
    very short supply and very costly in all parts of the country and with feed bills growing by the day the situation has become desperate He continued by noting that unless the weather improves considerably over the next week many farmers are going to find themselves in even deeper trouble and it is essential that everyone from the Minister downwards plays their parts in helping those in difficulty According to Mr Comer people should be in no doubt that there has been a very real crisis at farm level since 2012 and the position of many family farms is reaching truly dire straits as the weather continues to work against them Even when the weather improves which please God it will shortly cashflow on farms is likely to be a major issue for the rest of 2013 as farmers attempt to pay off the massive feed bills incurred and those involved in the other chains of the agriculture sector from the Co ops to the banks need to realise this and base plans and treat the farm families concerned within that reality said the ICMSA President Ends 3 April 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcomes proposal to introduce mandatory micro chipping of dogs McCormack says processors cannot simply sit on hugely improved market returns leaving their milk suppliers to struggle 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-say-situation-of-farm-families-is-reaching-dire-straits-as-weather-continues-to-work-against-us/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcomes proposal to introduce mandatory micro-chipping of dogs | I C M S A
    is a particular problem although not exclusively around lambing time One of the main problems associated with attacks is that farmers or Dog Wardens are unable to identify the owners of these dogs ICMSA believes that dog owners must do everything possible to prevent such attacks as uncontrolled dogs can decimate a flock in a very short period One of the key issues with micro chipping is that owner details are registered and held on a secure database and are updated regularly If owner details are not registered to the micro chip then it will be impossible to locate the owner Undoubtedly the cost to the dog owner of this measure will be a factor and ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney must negotiate with the Veterinary Council of Ireland to ensure a reduced cost micro chipping service is provided by their members said Mr Carroll Mr Carroll concluded by stating that for responsible pet owners micro chipping offers the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you If you want to improve your pet s chances of getting home micro chipping is the best option Ends 28 March 2013 Denis Carroll 087 2225432 Chairman ICMSA Sheep Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say useful flexibilities achieved in CAP agreement but point to coupling payment and lack of ceiling on Single Farm Payments as retrograde ICMSA say situation of farm families is reaching dire straits as weather continues to work against us 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/2013/04/icmsa-welcomes-proposal-to-introduce-mandatory-micro-chipping-of-dogs/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say ‘useful flexibilities’ achieved in CAP agreement but point to coupling payment and lack of ‘ceiling’ on Single Farm Payments as ‘retrograde’ | I C M S A
    throughout the country are still facing substantial cuts to their payments Mr Comer said that it is also important that people realise that this agreement does not represent the endgame of the process and that tripartite discussions between the Council the Parliament and the Commission must now take place leading to more uncertainty for farmers until agreement is reached which is expected in June It is essential that the flexibilities secured are retained in the final agreement The ICMSA President said that while the agreement will need careful analysis it appears that useful flexibilities have been achieved including the option of choosing 2012 as the base year which should help to remove speculation from the land rental market Provisions has also been made that provides alternatives to complete flattening of payments which is a positive development However Mr Comer said that there are major challenges ahead to structure an agreement that will take account of Irish concerns and he was adamant that the coupling proposal at 7 is a retrograde step and he also expressed his disappointment that Ireland does not have discretion on introducing an overall upper limit or ceiling on payments Ends 20 March 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office As dairy prices surge again ICMSA says IDB and processor inaction is compounding an unprecedented financial crisis on family farms ICMSA welcomes proposal to introduce mandatory micro chipping of dogs 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/2013/03/icmsa-say-useful-flexibilities-achieved-in-cap-agreement-but-point-to-coupling-payment-and-lack-of-ceiling-on-single-farm-payments-as-retrograde/ (2016-01-06)
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  • As dairy prices surge again ICMSA says IDB and processor inaction is “compounding an unprecedented financial crisis on family farms” | I C M S A
    demand for dairy products had now reached a momentum that saw a 25 jump in international prices in less than three weeks while all they heard from the IDB and their own processors or Co ops was either a deafening silence or a grudging and late price rise that in no way reflected the obvious buoyancy in markets The refusal of the IDB and processors to accept the fact that farmers can see with their own eyes the extent and duration of this strong price surge is now frankly unbelievable We can estimate very closely what they the IDB and processors should be receiving and yet they still persist in this inexplicable tactic of dragging their feet on the price being returned to the dairy farmers of Ireland And they do this at a time when they must know that a proper milk price return was never more badly needed This is outrageously unjust and farmers will not be fobbed off any longer ICMSA expects every board in the country to deliver on a minimum 35 cents per litre milk price in the next round stated Mr McCormack Ends 20 March 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA describes EU Farm Council Meeting as Coveney s Moment of Truth and reject coupled payment proposal ICMSA say useful flexibilities achieved in CAP agreement but point to coupling payment and lack of ceiling on Single Farm Payments as retrograde 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/as-dairy-prices-surge-again-icmsa-says-idb-and-processor-inaction-is-compounding-an-unprecedented-financial-crisis-on-family-farms/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA describes EU Farm Council Meeting as Coveney's 'Moment of Truth' and reject coupled payment proposal | I C M S A
    15 coupling payment would be allowed means in an Irish context that the average farmer would see his or her Single Farm Payment cut by 1 500 per annum This is simply not acceptable and ICMSA wishes that certain parties finally realised that raising or supporting the possibility of a coupled payment where no new funds are being allocated to the overall budget simply means cutting one farmer s payment to increase another s This is emphatically not new funding this is just a re distribution of the same money ICMSA does not support it and we never will support it The Iron Rule which should apply here is very simple where there are competing claims for scarce funds that money should and must be directed towards active farmers and not armchair farmers Even in normal circumstances budgets should favour those people dependent on farming for their income But in situations like this where the overall budget is being cut and there s a question around the allocation of a smaller overall budget then it becomes an absolute imperative that scare funds are spent on those dependent on farming for their livelihoods stated Mr Comer We have arrived at the Moment of Truth that will tell us everything we need to know about Minister Coveney s and the Government s commitment to Irish farming and the wider agri sector that our farming supports The viability of Irish farming families and the wider rural communities in which they live depends on Minister Coveney s ability to deliver on a number of crucial fronts Every other MemberState acts in its own interest and we re entitled to expect that on this occasion our Government acts in ours he concluded Ends 15 March 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-describes-eu-farm-council-meeting-as-coveneys-moment-of-truth-and-reject-coupled-payment-proposal/ (2016-01-06)
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