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  • ICMSA describes Tesco statement as "hypocritical and disingenous" | I C M S A
    often below the costs of production Mr Comer said that the fact of the matter was that it was primary producers and farmers who had been ultimately paying the price of Tesco s much publicised corporate adherence to the highest standard of food safety by being compelled to accept prices for excellent food that more often than not left them with little or no profit margin In contrast Tesco and their likes who added nothing by way of value to the food product took a huge and increasing margin of the final retail price The ICMSA President said that ultimate fault for this latest scandal and most of the preceding ones lay squarely at the door of the cheaper and cheaper food policy that had been adopted by Europe s biggest multiples and the complete lack of any meaningful EU regulation of the margins being taken by the retail multiples at the expense and often to the ruin of their suppliers especially the farmers Mr Comer said Irish beef has a superb and well merited reputation and it now required a concerted effort by all parties to restore our beef sector to its rightful position Ends 30 January 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA question why increase in IDB index to its highest level since its introduction has still not resulted in a milk price rise ICMSA say latest development in burger controversy proves that regulation at processing level must be tightened up 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/2013/01/icmsa-describes-tesco-statement-as-hypocritical-and-disingenous/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA question why increase in IDB index to its highest level since its introduction has still not resulted in a milk price rise | I C M S A
    that Cash flow pressures are growing on dairy farmers by the day and Co ops must respond by passing back the improved market returns We see that markets remain in a very positive place for dairy products with the first Global Dairy Trade auction of the year up 2 the Dutch Quotations are positive and market indicators from the UK EU and global markets suggesting an improving or stable market situation Market returns are now at the 40 cent per litre region and a milk price increase is fully justified said Mr McCormack The improvement in the Irish Dairy Board index for December is very significant and at 111 1 is at its highest level since the index was introduced At its previous peaks in summer 2011 dairy farmers were receiving 34 cents per litre and this should be the minimum benchmark for Co ops at this time Quite clearly there is considerable room for improvement in milk prices and given the financial pressures on farmers which by the way Co ops are well aware of through higher input trading bills being carried forward farmers need a clear signal from Co ops on milk price and this can best be delivered by an immediate increase in milk price that will offer some relief to farmers who are under severe pressure at this time ENDS 16 January 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA President says state authorities deserve praise for rigorous upholding of standards in food testing and publication ICMSA describes Tesco statement as hypocritical and disingenous 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-question-why-increase-in-idb-index-to-its-highest-level-since-its-introduction-has-still-not-resulted-in-a-milk-price-rise/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA President says state authorities deserve praise for rigorous upholding of standards in food testing and publication | I C M S A
    warranted a very through investigation by the agencies responsible there was no need for any degree of concern on any health grounds Mr Comer went on to observe that the reputation of Ireland s farming and food sectors for excellence represented the family jewels of Ireland s indigenous exporting sector and absolutely nothing could be permitted that might even raise the mildest question mark against those gold standards That was why he noted the state authorities deserved praise for the rigorous upholding of those standards as evidenced by their detection and publication of the Horse DNA Ends 16 Jan 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Welcomes BSE Testing Changes ICMSA question why increase in IDB index to its highest level since its introduction has still not resulted in a milk price rise 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-president-says-state-authorities-deserve-praise-for-rigorous-upholding-of-standards-in-food-testing-and-publication/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcomes BSE Testing Changes | I C M S A
    viewpoint and represents another step from a crisis that thankfully is well behind us according to Mr Michael Guinan Chairperson of ICMSA s Beef Cattle Committee BSE testing has been a massive cost on farmers and an annual saving of 5m is certainly significant The Minister is to be complimented for his work on this matter and he must endeavour to continue to take unnecessary costs and bureauracy out of farming concluded Mr Guinan ENDS Michael Guinan is at 086 8766851 Base Year Dilemma Needs To Be Resolved ICMSA ICMSA President says state authorities deserve praise for rigorous upholding of standards in food testing and publication 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 27 28 29 30 31 All Press

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-welcomes-bse-testing-changes/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Base Year Dilemma Needs To Be Resolved – ICMSA | I C M S A
    Mr Comer said that it appears increasingly unlikely that 2014 will be the base year with 2015 now seen as most likely but also possibly 2016 For farmers dependent on rented leased land to earn an income in farming this uncertainty which now appears likely to go on for longer than expected is simply not acceptable and the proposals coming from the EU Parliament Agriculture Committee provide little comfort for farmers The EU Parliament proposal simply states that a farmer must have been farming in 2009 2010 or 2011 but still retains a future base year which is the crux of the problem for those farmers farming the land Given that over 20 of land in Ireland is either rented or leased the base year selected under the new regime will have major implications for farmers into the future It is ICMSA s firm view that given the need to target payments to those farming the land that a rectrospective base year is required and is the only solution to a problem that is current and will continue until agreement is reached and will have major implications for a farmers payment when this agreement is implemented It is absolutely essential that the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine and our MEPS in the EU Parliament bring about an immediate resolution to a problem that is hindering the future development of our sector concluded Mr Comer ENDS John Comer is at 087 2057846 Co ops Must Send Strong Signal To Milk Suppliers On Milk Price ICMSA Welcomes BSE Testing Changes 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/base-year-dilemma-needs-to-be-resolved-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Co-ops Must Send Strong Signal To Milk Suppliers On Milk Price | I C M S A
    auction of the year up 2 with the SMP index up 4 7 In relation to the Dutch Quotations the first quotes of the year are now returning nearly 39 cents per litre at processor level for both the butter SMP combination and WMP Market indicators from the UK EU and global markets suggest an improving or stable market situation with the butter SMP combination returning 40 cents per litre on the EU market and 42 5 cents per litre on the UK market at processor level The Northern Ireland milk auction is returning an equivalent of 36 cent per litre at farm level In Ireland the improvement in the Irish Dairy Board index for November was significant and this should improve further for December Mr McCormack stated that when the index was at its current level in 2011 dairy farmers were receiving 34 cents per litre in most Co ops Quite clearly there is considerable room for improvement in milk prices and given the financial pressures on farmers which Co ops should be well aware of through higher input trading bills being carried forward farmers need a clear signal from Co ops on milk price and this can best be delivered by an immediate increase in milk price to reflect where market returns are and to provide a level of optimism to farmers who are under severe pressure at this time While it is always dangerous to look too far forward Mr McCormack concluded by stating that he was optimistic that farmers can look forward to a strong price in 2013 but cautioned that it was required simply to deal with ever escalating input costs An immediate signal is required and he called on all Co op boards to increase milk price immediately ENDS Pat McCormack is at 087

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/co-ops-must-send-strong-signal-to-milk-suppliers-on-milk-price/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Slurry Spreading Date Should Be Brought Forward – ICMSA | I C M S A
    Mr Patrick Rohan Chairperson of Farm Services Environment Committee Given the uncertainty over weather and the fact that livestock were housed for very long periods in 2012 farmers need to take every opportunity to spread slurry when weather and ground conditions are suitable The calendar based restriction still in place in these counties is preventing these farmers from spreading and the ban should be lifted immediately This small gesture of a few days would recognise the improved weather conditions and would acknowledge the pressures on farmers at this time Mr Rohan also stated that farmers do not have to notify the Department that they intend to spread slurry There has been confusion on this matter as in November 2012 farmers had to notify the Department There is no such requirement in 2013 and farmers can spread slurry without notification but have to wait until Mid January in Zone C Finally the Department also confirmed to ICMSA that farmers in Zones A and B can store farmyard manure on land from 1 January 2013 and 15 January 2013 in Zone C concluded Mr Rohan ENDS Patrick Rohan is at 087 6253506 Zone A Carlow Cork Dublin Kildare Kilkenny Laois Offaly Tipperary Waterford Wexford and Wicklow Zone B Clare Galway Kerry Limerick Longford Louth Mayo Meath Roscommon Sligo and Westmeath Zone C Cavan Donegal Leitrim and Monaghan ICMSA President says McEntee death a cause of profound sadness Co ops Must Send Strong Signal To Milk Suppliers On Milk Price 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/slurry-spreading-date-should-be-brought-forward-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA President says McEntee death a cause of "profound sadness" | I C M S A
    sadness and will touch the hearts of families all over the country Mr Comer said that Mr Entee was both popular and respected and his knowledge of farming was complete and hugely impressive The thoughts and sympathies of all would be with his family at this most difficult of times and Mr Comer offered sincere condolences on his own behalf and on behalf of his members Ends 21 December 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President of ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press office Proposals on TB Compensation would inflict a further blow on already unfortunate farmers Slurry Spreading Date Should Be Brought Forward 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 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 All Press

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/12/icmsa-president-says-mcentee-death-a-cause-of-profound-sadness/ (2016-01-06)
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