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  • ICMSA accuse Co-ops of 'holding back' a 2 cents per litre milk price rise | I C M S A
    all dairy farmers but yet all the Co ops made a profit On that basis Co ops profits will swell further in 2011 if they continue to pay the current milk price because the markets are well ahead of milk price at this time last year continued Mr McCormack Based on current analysis markets are strong and have shown improvements since March when the market did weaken slightly compared to February But there has been a noticeable improvement in the last two weeks and despite the increase in global milk supplies the demand for dairy products has been strong ensuring that dairy product prices remain at a high level Based on current quotations and returns from the marketplace as reported from a number of sources ICMSA believe that Co ops should be paying a price well in excess of 35 cents per litre VAT inclusive which is at least 2 cents per litre higher than the price they are currently paying stated the Dairy Committee Chairman To put in context Mr McCormack pointed out that for a 230 000 litre dairy farmer 50 000 gallons approx and based on the normal supply this 2 cents per would represent an additional 650 in income for May milk alone or 4 600 on a full years milk production In the context of the increased costs in 2011 and with many farmers still dealing with the fallout of 2009 the market improvements must be passed back to farmers We can t have the Co ops sitting on the increased prices they re receiving and not passing them on to their own milk suppliers concluded Mr McCormack Ends Pat McCormack 087 7608959 Chairman ICMSA Dairy Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Cahill calls for continuation of Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief

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  • Cahill calls for continuation of Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief – 'vital for efficient commercial farming' | I C M S A
    efficient consolidation became even more important in the context of the targets set down by the Government in Food Harvest 2020 and the increased production that will be required on a National level and most particularly on dairy farms In order to contribute to efficiency and to the reduction of costs in the farming sector there is a need to increase the rate at which farm holdings are consolidated ICMSA believes that the introduction of the Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief notwithstanding its shortcomings was a very positive measure and has reduced the costs of consolidation considerably for farmers It s a vital measure for efficient commercial farming continued the ICMSA President It is absolutely nonsensical to remove the only incentive which currently exists that allows farmers to expand their holding through consolidation at a reduced cost We hope that Mr Noonan will look at production demands on the agricultural sector in the coming years and note the onus to grow and develop placed on the sector by his own Government and then try and ensure that farmers can achieve this expansion in the most cost efficient manner possible That surely means an extension to the Farm Consolidation Stamp Duty Relief for another year as and from 30 June observed the ICMSA President Ends 27 May 2011 Jackie Cahill 087 2820663 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Deputy President tells European farmer demonstration of Irish disillusionment with European Project ICMSA accuse Co ops of holding back a 2 cents per litre 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

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  • ICMSA say proposed animal transport legislation will damage our live export trade | I C M S A
    current regulations are set at an extremely high level and have been scientifically proven to work effectively Another key indication of efficiency is that buyers of Irish cattle are very happy with the state of the animals when they arrive at their destination and the fact that over 339 000 cattle were exported live in 2010 is a testament that the system is working well and effectively noted Mr Connolly Live exports provided farmers with an extremely important outlet for cattle and ICMSA is deeply concerned that new regulations will be introduced that will add significant unnecessary costs on the sector ICMSA s opinion is that the current animal transport legislation is perfectly effective and we acknowledge that it is in Ireland s interest that cattle are transported in facilities of the highest standard But it s also quite clear that our customers are happy with the manner in which present stock is being delivered to their destinations and ICMSA has on a number of occasions visited and inspected the facilities operated by our leading live exporters These facilities meet every EU standards and can only be described as excellent The live export levels will vary from year to year and act as a pressure valve for Irish farmers when prices are under pressure Our cattle both dairy and beef have developed an excellent reputation and ICMSA is urging the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food to move to a Red Alert status and categorically reject any proposal that may undermine our live export levels concluded Mr Connolly Ends May 26 2011 Kevin Connolly 087 9381173 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office h Tagged with live export Copy of Letter sent by ICMSA President Jackie Cahill to TDs and Senators re Climate Change

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  • ICMSA Deputy President tells European farmer demonstration of Irish 'disillusionment' with European Project | I C M S A
    and consumers Mr Comer asked what the point of the exercise was Why was deregulation to be considered as an unalloyed good He told his farming colleagues from various Member States of the Union that the ordinary people of Ireland knew to their bitter cost what the end results of regulation were If they ever forgot they had only to contemplate the wreckage of the country s banking sector where a lack of regulation had quite literally bankrupted the state In precisely the same way Mr Comer said that a deregulated dairy market would eventually bring chaos to this important market as supply and demand became increasingly mismatched and subject to professional commodity speculation Referring to comments reported to have been made by the present Irish Commissioner Maura Geoghegan Quinn about the dangers of rising anti Europeanism Mr Comer said that perhaps no section of Irish society had been more pro European than farmers but that their growing disillusionment with the project was based on this glaring contradiction that had the EU monitoring to the most minute degree the people producing the food but seemingly unable or unwilling to interfere at all in the chain that left the food producers at the mercy of those who came after them in the retail chain and who seemed to be able to do as they please without the slightest interference from those same EU authorities Mr Comer also referred to the Commission s own work on the threat posed by the proposed Mercosur deal mainly the import of beef from Brazil Argentina Paraguay Uruguay and asked why if the threat to European beef production was as dire as the Commission was now conceding they did not simply refuse to make the agreement Ends 20 May 2011 John Comer 087 2057846 Deputy President

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  • ICMSA wants 'pragmatic approach' to work permits for non-EU workers | I C M S A
    by the Parliament The directive will now go to the Council of Ministers While Ireland together with the UK and Denmark have excluded themselves from the provisions of the directive the continuing presence of non Irish in the Irish workforce is still an important aspect This applies equally to workers in Irish farming and the agriculture sector generally The peak of work permits issued to non Irish workers was reached in 2003 but this included countries that are now part of the European Union and who now have rights under EU to work without any permit in Ireland said Mr Dolan Irish Agriculture and forestry employs 4 250 full time workers who are highly skilled In addition 15 000 seasonal workers are employed in the Irish farming sector While the new directive doesn t apply it is nonetheless interesting to compare the numbers involved with other countries Holland for instance has 80 000 workers employed in Agriculture and horticulture Across Europe the employment of seasonal workers from third countries is mainly confined to agriculture horticulture and tourism and this is the target of the new directive Insofar as the directive will bring about a more even playing pitch it should lead to a competitive gain for Ireland and other countries that have a well developed set of rules for all workers the employment of agricultural workers in the Irish agricultural sector is highly regulated and covered by statutory agreements Although these agreements are currently under review as part of the Programme for Government it is unlikely that there will by any major changes he continued The Spanish agricultural sector employs somewhere in the region of 25 000 non EU seasonal workers and Italy s sector over 11 000 Quite apart from the issue of workers rights the availability of lower paid worker with minimum rights is a distinct advantage The latest figures for Ireland shows that so far this year of the now 1 119 work permits for non EU workers a mere 30 have been granted for agriculture In addition 38 were permits were renewed Last year a total of 3672 permits were issued for all sectors for the full year and only 111 new permits were issued The lower figures represent a change in the structure whereby all workers from the other 26 Member States can now be employed without permit unlike the position in the past No figures are available for the nationality of non EU workers being employed at the moment in Irish agriculture but special arrangements exist for Romania the main nationalities represented are India Romania and United States It is interesting to note that so far this year 22 new permits were issued to workers from New Zealand with 4 being renewed The majority of these would be working in Agriculture and particularly the dairy industry noted the ICMSA General Secretary While changes are happening it would be important that Ireland would adopt a pragmatic approach to allowing non EU workers to take up

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  • ICMSA says market situation allows farmers to dictate beef terms | I C M S A
    their position is likely to be strengthened in the weeks ahead given the level of cattle supplies In 2010 Mr Connolly said that meat processors were able to dictate to farmers on prices and despite farmer s objections the processors continued to operate an unpopular and unwieldy beef grid However farmers are now getting their cattle killed off the grid even if factories say otherwise and Mr Connolly advised any farmer who is unhappy with the grid system of payment to insist that his her cattle are now purchased on his her terms rather than the factory terms The current price situation is certainly encouraging for all concerned and it is important that all players in the industry play a constructive role in ensuring that the upward trend is maintained and sustained There are outstanding issues in particular in relation to beef from the dairy herd and Mr Connolly said that he believed that now is appropriate time to sit down and resolve the outstanding matters so that the industry can move forward in a constructive manner Ends 12 May 2011 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA say Beef Sector will not play full role in national recovery till inhibiting factors and loss of confidence in price grid are dealt with ICMSA say proposed animal transport legislation will damage our live export trade 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

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  • Teagasc 2010 farm income figures demonstrate partial recovery after 'disastrous' 2009 | I C M S A
    that had 2010 incomes showing a 92 per cent increase in average incomes relative to 2009 average income for dairy farmers he pointed out that even after that jump in incomes average dairy farmer income in 2010 was still 2500 less than average dairy farmer income for 2008 Mr Cahill also noted out the decline in off farm employment and the serious impact this will have on the farming and rural communities generally The Government in its drive for economic recovery must not ignore the regional aspect of the recession and the ICMSA President said that Ireland still need a real regional policy to ensure balanced regional economic recovery when that materialises The importance of the Single Farm Payment is again highlighted and this demonstrates why the reform of CAP and the funding of the Single Farm Payment and other EU payments must remain a high priority for the Minister and the Government generally concluded the ICMSA President Ends 9 May 2011 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy ICMSA Press Office 061 314677 or 087 6168758 Farm leader says proposed private pension levy a direct and vindictive attack on the self employed by the best paid and pensioned politicians and civil servants in the world ICMSA wants pragmatic approach to work permits for non EU workers 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

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  • ICMSA say that IDB index is 'switching off the light' on milk price data and facts | I C M S A
    for this delay because these are actual prices being paid by the IDB not forecasts or estimates On the subject of the proposed IDB index Pat McCormack said that he was very concerned that less information on actual market returns may be available from IDB in the future to farmers and their representatives Effectively the IDB are switching off the light on milk price data and facts This is a wrong move and one that is not acceptable to ICMSA Whatever about the shortcomings of the butter and skim milk on account prices they are actual figures on the real market The complete replacement of these figures with a mere index that will only give percentage changes has to mean that less information is available to farmers on what is happening in the market observed Mr McCormack At a time when we could be moving to greater price volatility and when huge investment decisions have to be taken this is the wrong move Logic and experience tells us that there should be greater price transparency not less A price index showing only percentage changes will not and cannot give the direct information that will enable farmers to measure their own co op s performance in terms of cents per litre Farmers have a right to know how the IDB and their own co ops are performing compared to others in the international market in which they operate The IDB index as now proposed would cause confusion and be the source of endless disagreement on the exact returns from the market place Such a regressive move is not acceptable to ICMSA said Dairy Committee Chairman ICMSA Welcomes Lakelands December Milk Price Increase ICMSA say IDB must reverse SMP price cut and Kevin Lane must explain why the decision was taken in

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