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  • ICMSA say beef price reductions an abuse of dominant position | I C M S A
    weather conditions over the last three months Farmers are under enough pressure with weather related problems without having to deal with unjustified price cuts and meat processors should be showing solidarity with farmers at this time rather than taking advantage of them said Mr Guinan The Beef and Cattle Committee Chairman pointed out that markets continue to perform well and he cited the evidence that beef prices are actually increasing in theUK our main market and across the EU Irelandis the only country that has experienced price reductions over the last few weeks so it is quite clear that meat plants are abusing their position It should also be pointed out that beef prices in the UK are now over 60 cents per kg higher than the Irish price which is equivalent to about 200 per head on the average steer With the costs facing farmers here inIrelandthis year due to the weather and also general input costs increases price gaps such as the above simply cannot be carried by farmers and it is about time that meat plants walked the walk with farmers by paying the price that the market justifies Meat plants can pay a higher price than currently is being paid and farmers collectively need to put the maximum pressure on them to do so immediately concluded Mr Guinan Ends 29 August 2012 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA cite 2009 weather related assistance and call for Government to ask for aid Comer says ICMSA will give the Glanbia proposal the time and consideration required 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

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  • ICMSA cite 2009 weather related assistance and call for Government to ask for aid | I C M S A
    to some degree but individual farmers all over the country are being particularly badly hit Many individuals have all or some of their first cut silage to complete and they re eating into existing fodder stocks at a rapid rate All these problems are building up and are leading to all kinds of stress for many farmers continued Mr Comer The Government has targeted the Agri Food sector as a growth industry under Food Harvest 2020 with the ambition to increase considerably net foreign earnings for the Irish economy The positive role of the Agri Food sector in 2011 is there for all to see but serious difficulties are now facing individual farmers and it is essential that the Government recognise this and take measures to support them during this difficult period Farmers will deliver for the country over time but the Government must play its role during difficult periods like that we are presently experiencing Given the extraordinary weather experienced since the end of May and the massive problems associated with it the Government should consider an application under the EU Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to those most in need and to avert or minimise the kinds of problems that could arise over the coming months When the flooding occurred in 2009 Ireland secured over 13m and while the rules of the Fund may be restrictive the Irish application in 2009 was examined under the exceptional criteria for extraordinary regional disasters the same should apply at present because we are dealing with an extraordinary event at the present time Rainfall levels nearly three times the normal levels surely represents an extraordinary event concluded Mr Comer who urged Minister Coveney and his officials to look at the possibility of applying under the same criteria Ends 21 August 2012 John

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  • Call on Minister Quinn to include public sector pensions as 'wealth' in means test for third level grants | I C M S A
    test then simple justice dictated that the kind of gold plated pensions only available to the public sector and politicians would be similarly classified as wealth Mr Comer said that Minister Quinn and those calling for such a broad based classification of wealth could not with any degree of consistency argue that a guaranteed pension provision of half a final salary together with a tax free cash lump sum equal to a multiple of final salary did not constitute wealth In those circumstances farmers other self employed groups and those working in the wider private sector who are putting income aside for their old age would be watching with great interest to see when Minister Quinn and the civil servants who comprise his Capital Assets Implementation Group would acknowledge that the wealth that will provide so generously for their own old age is essentially the same as the wealth they propose to incorporate into a means test Mr Comer said that this was effectively the truth test for any such menu of wealth with reference to a means test He said that if Minister Quinn refuses to recognise that public sector pensions were wealth comparable with and indeed hugely superior to the assets that he is reported to be considering than it will be obvious that his proposed changes are one sided and discriminatory He reiterated his belief that income is the fairest means test Ends 17 August 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA says global dairy markets recovering and milk price rise due ICMSA cite 2009 weather related assistance and call for Government to ask for aid Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/08/call-on-minister-quinn-to-include-public-sector-pensions-as-wealth-in-means-test-for-third-level-grants/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says global dairy markets recovering and milk price rise due | I C M S A
    than two months ago and yesterday s increases in both the Global Dairy Trade Auction and the Dutch Dairy Quotations point to a quickly recovering market The ICMSA spokesman said that the 7 8 increase in the Global Dairy Trade auction reflects the pressure on global supplies while the Dutch dairy quotations are reflecting a stronger market for dairy products in the EU He said that the Dutch quotations have shown steady improvements since May particularly since the start of August to the point that the butter SMP combination is now 6 4 cents per litre higher than the mid May level But the improving prices go right across the product range Since 16 May 2012 the butter WMP SMP and whey prices have increased by 17 10 34 and 22 respectively noted Mr McCormack Dairy markets went through a difficult period in the first half of 2012 but now have turned a corner and it is absolutely essential that our processors and the Irish Dairy Board return the maximum possible price at this time given the pressures on farmers A substantial milk price rise is due immediately said Mr McCormack Ends 16 August 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer says proposed Capital Assets Test panders to worst urban prejudices and myths about farmers and their finances Call on Minister Quinn to include public sector pensions as wealth in means test for third level grants 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/2012/08/icmsa-says-global-dairy-markets-recovering-and-milk-price-rise-due/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says proposed Capital Assets Test panders to worst urban prejudices and myths about farmers and their finances | I C M S A
    again over the next few days and he was confident that a very solid number would agree that a move to any form of capital assets test on Third Level Grants would very specifically discriminate against the farming community Mr Comer pointed out that the nub of the matter was this misconception that a farm which is actually the tool by which a farmer earns his income is in any fashion a capital asset similar to government gilts or blue chip equities or other easily cash convertible assets This was a complete misunderstanding of the reality according to Mr Comer He said that the family farm is the method by which the individual earns his income and does not form part of the income itself He added that following this kind of crazy logic would leave you in a situation where Ronan Keating s voice would be treated as a capital asset or Brian O Driscoll s hands Any proposal that ignores this fundamental fact will arouse suspicion throughout farming communities that we are seen a very old and unfounded urban bias against farmers being re heated and served up again as something new and progressive when it was nothing of the sort observed Mr Comer Ends 9 August 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say milk price recovery underway and demand immediate reflection in Co op price ICMSA says global dairy markets recovering and milk price rise due 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/08/comer-says-proposed-capital-assets-test-panders-to-worst-urban-prejudices-and-myths-about-farmers-and-their-finances/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say milk price recovery underway and demand immediate reflection in Co-op price | I C M S A
    market indicators from Northern Ireland UK Europe and the world market all point to an improving market situation and the recent decisions by UK processors to reverse proposed cuts in milk price is yet another positive development In addition to this data there are clear indications of a broader supply correction on global markets most specifically theUSA and the wider outlook for milk price has certainly improved considerably said Mr McCormack The ICMSA Deputy President went on to say that after a very difficult year for dairy farmers due to atrocious weather reduced milk prices and substantially increased input costs these market improvements will provide some encouragement to dairy farmers and it was now imperative that those Co ops paying a milk price below the dairy market reality immediately reflected the improvements by adjusting their milk price upwards The gap between the top and bottom paying Co ops for milk is now very significant ICMSA calculates that the difference for a 300 000 litre supplier between the top and bottom paying Co ops for just May June milk was of the order of 2 400 That s an unsupportable price gap and the board members of the Co ops in question need to seriously address the reasons for the massive gap and take immediate steps to address it There have been undeniable improvements in dairy markets and it is high time that the Co ops stepped up to a milk price that acknowledged that concluded Mr McCormack Ends 9 August 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say lessons being learned from UK farmers strike against price cuts Comer says proposed Capital Assets Test panders to worst urban prejudices and myths about farmers and their finances Search the site ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/08/icmsa-say-milk-price-recovery-underway-and-demand-immediate-reflection-in-co-op-price/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say lessons being learned from UK farmers' strike against price cuts | I C M S A
    for Irish farm organizations to take a similarly hard line with our own processors and retailers with several of our own retailers represented amongst the companies that backed down so swiftly in the stand off in the UK More comment was directed at the cross party political support that theUKfarmer pressure group Farmers For Action FFA was given and not just from the usual shire Tories either Mr Comer said that this too has lessons for the Irish context The public and politicians will support the farmers where farmers are seen to be abused and treated unfairly by multiples exerting downward price pressure on the processors who then just turn around and pass cuts back to the person milking the cows while both the retailers and processors keep their own margins There is a momentum building towards some system that will regulate the respective margins along the dairy supply chain It will take some time to happen at EU level which is the level it needs to happen at But the momentum is there and what happened in theUKover the last fortnight was very significant The dairy farmers eyeballed the likes of Arla and Asda and this time it was the corporations that blinked said Mr Comer Ends 3 August 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President of ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA accuse Meat Plants of manipulating price downwards and call for change in QA requirements ICMSA say milk price recovery underway and demand immediate reflection in Co op 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/08/icmsa-say-lessons-being-learned-from-uk-farmers-strike-against-price-cuts/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA accuse Meat Plants of manipulating price downwards and call for change in QA requirements | I C M S A
    that for the rest of this year meat plants kill will be down and it is noticeable that our main EU markets have not seen any reduction in prices In fact prices in our main market theUK are actually higher than the levels prevailing here In addition currency movements have moved in our favour noted the Beef Committee Chairman In relation to the issue of unfinished cattle Mr Guinan said that a small change in the meat plants price grid would help address this issue and would also show that meat plants recognise to some degree the problems facing farmers Under the meat plants grid system if cattle are to qualify for the quality assurance bonus they must be resident on the final farm for at least 70 days and must not have had more than three farm movements in their lifetime Many farmers who had planned on this basis now find that due to weather conditions and the lack of fodder they have had to move these cattle earlier Given the atrocious weather conditions ICMSA believes that meat plants should remove both the 70 day and three movement requirements so that farmers could avail of the option of selling their cattle to another farmer rather than go direct to slaughter with unfinished cattle This simple change would allow the purchaser of these cattle to avail of the QA bonus when slaughtered as well as ensuring that meat plants get cattle in the condition they say they need This change should be implemented and the meat plants should immediately reverse the cuts imposed Ends 20 July 2012 Michael Guinan 086 8766852 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say 2 400 gap for May June milk now opened up for 300 000 litre

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/08/icmsa-accuse-meat-plants-of-manipulating-price-downwards-and-call-for-change-in-qa-requirements/ (2016-01-06)
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