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  • Co-ops Holding Back On Farmers | I C M S A
    time when many dairy farmers are still trying to clear the debts left behind from 2009 both with banks Co ops and other input suppliers ICMSA also believes that the Irish Dairy Board should be paying a higher price for butter at this time given market conditions and the fact that Dutch quotations for butter are over 1 7 cents per litre higher than the Irish Dairy Board price The Irish Dairy Board is the marketing arm for Irish dairy farmers and farmers are insisting that the benefits of the IDB must be fully reflected in milk price The reality of the marketplace at present is that while the market did weaken slightly in July for powders there are signs of improvement in the latest Dutch Dairy quotations with SMP up 30 per tonne while butter prices have remained very stable at a price substantially above what the Irish Dairy Board is paying at present Based on current returns from the Irish Dairy Board ICMSA estimate that Co ops at the very least should be paying a price in excess of 31 cents per litre including VAT for July for the butter and SMP combination while the other dairy products are returning prices higher than this Dairy farmers still have many bills to pay and Co ops boards must insist that the full returns of the marketplace are passed back for July with a milk price increase to at least 31 cents per litre concluded Mr McCormack Ends 6 August 2010 Contact Pat McCormack 087 7608958 BACK TO NEWS EU Ombudsman s report critical of Commission on Brazilian beef following ICMSA complaint ICMSA say huge numbers of cattle now being sold off the official beef grid Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2010/08/co-ops-holding-back-on-farmers/ (2016-01-06)
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  • EU Ombudsman's report critical of Commission on Brazilian beef following ICMSA complaint | I C M S A
    that there is some hard factual effort to back up grandiose theories and plans for animal health and disease prevention and we particularly welcome the Ombudsman s observation that animal traceability and an animal movement system are vital for any system of control of third countries Such implementation and functioning animal movement systems did not exist in Brazil in the period of review and do not now exist to any meaningful degree stated Mr Cahill The ICMSA President said that another finding which must be taken fully on board and adopted by the Commission is that any such deficiencies in controls would justify and require imposing import restrictions on beef originating from areas of Brazil where the foot and mouth virus is not currently present In this regard according to Mr Cahill the Ombudsman is clearly signalling to the Commission that any continuing or future failure to impose such import restrictions would mean that the Commission would be guilty of maladministration In a complete departure from their normal practice the Ombudsman makes a recommendation which supports the ICMSA s substantive complaint and that is that the Commission must conduct regular missions to third countries for the purpose of carrying out the systemic inspections necessary to ensure that such countries not alone propose but actually carry through the various controls that would provide an equivalent level of protection as provided for within the EU said Mr Cahill What this effectively means is that the Ombudsman s investigations showed blatant inadequacies in the Commission s services where no mechanism existed to ensure that Brazilian authorities kept in place the controls that are required Mr Cahill said that this report by the Ombudsman is the first outside and objective audit of this vital part of the EU Commission s monitoring and inspections of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2010/07/eu-ombudsmans-report-critical-of-commission-on-brazilian-beef-following-icmsa-complaint/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Milk Output Reduction Masks The Real Picture - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of output from the dairy sector and the clear concern for dairy farmers at this time is that the prospects for 2016 are probably worse at this time relative to 2015 meaning that dairy farmers are now in crisis mode Indeed Mr Comer said that the 14 4 reduction in output does not tell the whole story given that with the abolition of milk quotas milk production has increased substantially in 2015 with a 11 4 increase in the volume of output in 2015 compared to 2014 and despite this increase the value of output has fallen by 14 4 which is a reduction of 300m in revenue for dairy farmers compared to 2014 and 280m compared to 2013 At individual farm level this represents a reduction in revenue of 17 000 for the average dairy farmer and the facts for dairy farmers today is that in 2015 we have produced more invested to produce more have worked harder and yet we are substantially worse off The situation Mr Comer concluded is extremely worrying for dairy farmers from a cash flow and income perspective and ICMSA believes that the 14 4 reduction does not reflect the actual reality on the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/milk-output-reduction-masks-the-real-picture-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Commissioner Hogan's dismissal of milk price crisis as 'peaks and troughs' irritates ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    inflict not only on the farm families concerned but on the wider rural economies that the EU is so vocal about supporting Mr Comer said that farmers were becoming increasingly irritated by spokespersons and he was not singling out Commissioner Hogan who waved away these kinds of income crisis as peaks and troughs and implied that they were somehow natural and unavoidable This he said was most certainly not the case and nor was it what farmers either wanted or could bear Who wants peaks and troughs Not us Who wants or can deal with a 40 fall in income from one year to the next where all your bills and expenses remain constant How is anyone expected to operate a farm on that basis Let me assure the Commissioner and any other interested party that I don t know a single farmer who wouldn t prefer a more stable and predictable system that gave the milk supplier the individual on whom the whole multi billion euro sectors rests a reasonable margin and reasonable income that they could rely on from year to year the same as everyone else in our society The only people who can deal with these

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/commissioner-hogans-dismissal-of-milk-price-crisis-as-peaks-and-troughs-irritates-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Earned Income Credit for farmers and other self-employed “a historic first step” say ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the same level of the PAYE tax credit in future budgets as Minister Noonan seemed to indicate Mr Comer said that this measure would mean that the discrimination against farm families will fall from 1 650 per annum to 1 100 per annum and this is certainly represented progress on a very blatant injustice On other aspects of the Budget Mr Comer welcomed the extension of the various Stock Relief Measures and the Stamp Duty Relief for Young Farmers to December 2018 and also the increase in the Group A Capital Acquisitions Tax rate to 280 000 which will be of assistance to some farm families In relation to the Farm Succession proposal ICMSA welcomes the Government s recognition of the issue but is concerned regarding the possible over complexity of the scheme However Mr Comer committed ICMSA to engaging constructively with the Department and ensuring that a positive and workable scheme is introduced for the farm families concerned The only regret from a farming perspective Mr Comer noted was the absence of any measure in relation to addressing the kind of destructive farm income volatility that was wreaking such havoc in the sector currently The ICMSA President said this

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/earned-income-credit-for-farmers-and-other-self-employed-a-historic-first-step-say-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Closing dates for applications to be extended - Comer says original payment dates must still be met : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    cannot be used as an excuse for any delay in payments These payments are far too important to farmers in terms of meeting scheduled bank and other bill repayments as well as tax payments due at that time of year While an extension is certainly welcome the Minister must guarantee farmers that payments will be made on the dates set out and that there will be no delay in these payments arising from an extension of the closing date Many farmers will have already submitted applications and more will do so before the original 15 May deadline and these farmers should not be penalised because the closing date is extended With the increased usage of the online system by farmers and their advisors the speed of processing by the Department has improved considerably and this factor should also be considered when deciding what closing date will be selected but the key deciding factor must be the meeting of the existing payment target dates said Mr Comer In relation to the GLAS scheme Mr Comer observed that the situation is different and the Minister should look at having a later closing date for this scheme than the Basic Payment and Greening

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/03/closing-dates-for-applications-to-be-extended-comer-says-original-payment-dates-must-still-be-met/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA President says end of milk quotas are “an opportunity for Irish agri-food sector and wider rural economy to take a massive step forward” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    said the Irish agri sector was entitled to feel confident about the post quota era based on our grass based system and internationally recognised standards of excellence but he stated that those most entitled to feel the benefits of the ending of quotas were the people milking the cows making the investments and borrowing the money to do so Mr Comer said that the success or failure of Irish post

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/04/icmsa-president-says-end-of-milk-quotas-are-an-opportunity-for-irish-agri-food-sector-and-wider-rural-economy-to-take-a-massive-step-forward/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Growing Gap Between Irish and UK Beef Prices Must Be Addressed - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    is our major market for beef the average differential for heifers was 40 cents per kg in June and this has now risen to 56 cents per kg in August A similar trend Mr Guinan said has followed in steer beef with the differential rising from 44 cents to 59 cents per kg in that time Cumulatively applying these price differentials to all heifers and steers slaughtered in Ireland during this three month period Mr Guinan said that the total cost of the price gap to Irish beef farmers is over 9m with 6m of this coming on the steer side The reality for farmers is that these differentials represent the difference between making an income in 2014 from cattle rearing to making a financial loss and these financial losses will have long term implications for the Irish beef sector with one only having to look at Suckler sales at present and dairy farmers will take breeding decisions with an even lower emphasis on beef traits unless they can be convinced to do otherwise Indeed Mr Guinan said that recent reports from the UK shows that Irish exports have declined considerably in the month of June down 3 compared to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/08/growing-gap-between-irish-and-uk-beef-prices-must-be-addressed-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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