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  • ICMSA highlight ‘outrageous’ gap between Irish and UK beef prices and accuse processors of taking advantage of fodder crisis : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    this magnitude simply couldn t be justified at any time but in the present circumstances facing Irish farmers it was nothing less than outrageous and he called on meat processors to immediately increase beef prices in line with markets returns According to Bord Bia figures the average price of a R3 steer this week in Ireland is 4 21 kg excluding VAT compared to 4 59 kg in Great Britain which is equivalent to approximately 140 per head on the average steer Compared with the same week in 2012 the gap between Irish and British prices has grown by approximately 50 per head and this clearly requires an explanation from meat plants at a time when farmers are facing a crisis at farm level Put bluntly the gap with our main market has increased by a massive 50 per head This should not be happening and farmers simply cannot afford such a price gap considering the massive costs being incurred on farms at present said Mr Guinan The ICMSA Beef Chairman said that markets for beef throughout the EU remain strong and with the UK still the major market outlet for Irish beef taking in excess of 50 of Irish

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-highlight-outrageous-gap-between-irish-and-uk-beef-prices-and-accuse-processors-of-taking-advantage-of-fodder-crisis/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say farm families paying for Croke Park "Don't Touch" guarantees : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    rate to 33 will act as a further barrier to farm transfer in many cases The reduction in the VAT rebate from 5 2 to 4 8 will also directly impact on farm incomes in 2014 he observed On farm schemes which are of huge importance to farm incomes the reduction from 34ha to 30ha for the Disadvantaged Area Scheme will be a blow to many farmers dependent on farming for their income and farming difficult land In relation to the Suckler Cow Scheme it is clear that farmers are paying for this scheme themselves through a reduced Single Farm Payment and all farmers have seen this in the SFP payment this week where a linear reduction was applied for both 2011 and 2012 It s also disappointing that the payment for the Dairy Efficiency Scheme for existing participants has not been continued said the ICMSA President Set against the intense downward pressures on farm incomes this year the Budget has done nothing to alleviate the situation and will simply add to farmers woes said the ICMSA President Once again the safeguards and Don t T ouch guarantees given to the most privileged and protected sections of Ireland s workforce

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/12/icmsa-say-farm-families-paying-for-croke-park-dont-touch-guarantees/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Summary of Budget 2013 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    http icmsa ie 2012 12 icmsa summary of budget 2013 ICMSA Summary of Budget 2013 Download PDF 47KB Post date 2012 12 06 16 41 27 Post date GMT 2012

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/12/icmsa-summary-of-budget-2013/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • I C M S A › Lost Password
    S A Please enter your username or email address You will receive a link to create a new password via email Username or Email Log in Back to I C

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword (2016-01-06)
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  • Decades of River Mismanagement Responsible for Current Flooding - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    all perspectives but with flood prevention the number one priority Such a body would also have complete responsibility for the river system and we would eliminate the current position of different agencies having different management roles over rivers and ordinary families being caught in the cross fire People should be under no illusions that the events of the past week will be repeated again on a regular basis unless proper management of our river system from a flooding perspective is prioritised Quite clearly at present this is not a priority and one only has to look at the environmental restrictions being imposed at national and EU level to justify this statement It is quite clear to anyone living along rivers that state agencies management and maintenance of river systems has been focussed on maintaining marine and other wildlife along the river systems and this has been prioritised over the needs of people living in the river floodplains The policy of flood defences is simply pushing the problem further downstream to other people It is quite clear at this stage that a national dredging programme of Irish rivers is required as a matter of priority and it is probably the 1960 s since this was done in the past Irish rivers are getting clogged up due to a total lack of management and maintenance over decades and we now need to address this problem To achieve this Mr Comer said that the immediate establishment of one body to manage rivers is required In relation to farmland put simply Mr Comer said that farm inspections should be suspended in these areas Farmers are under enough pressure in these areas trying to mind and feed cattle and it is simply unacceptable that an inspector could arrive and expect the farmer to give up

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/decades-of-river-mismanagement-responsible-for-current-flooding-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcome Full Co-funding For Dairy Direct Aid : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    with national exchequer monies Mr Pat McCormack Deputy President and Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy committee said that it is a welcome injection of funds into an industry that is suffering substantially due to continued low milk prices and these funds should be paid out to all dairy farmers immediately However Mr McCormack noted that the total funding is only a drop in the ocean in the context of the losses suffered during 2015 and the potential losses in 2016 and quite clearly this must not be seen as the solution to the problem and an excuse to forget about the dairy industry most especially dairy farmers need European policy to do more to stabilize the milk market while the Irish government need to take further steps to minimize farm income volatility in the long term The facts are that the estimated loss in revenues in the dairy industry in this calendar year is approximately 580 million so these measures are required to address the escalating losses Dairy farmers are facing into a seriously challenging 2016 and ICMSA is concerned regarding the non interventionist approach being adopted by the Department and Commission and we need to see further proactive involvement

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/icmsa-welcome-full-co-funding-for-dairy-direct-aid/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Ireland Must Continue To Oppose Mercusor Trade Deal - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    late November while welcome needs to be re enforced given that if import tariffs are reduced and EU standards are not a pre requisite for imports enormous long term damage could be done to the Irish beef sector due to a flood of cheap imports from factory type farms in South America Consistently over time the EU agriculture sector has been sacrificed in trade deals with benefits accruing to big

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/ireland-must-continue-to-oppose-mercusor-trade-deal-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Friends of the Earth must become friends with the facts : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    democratic and consumerist society is and has to be about achieving a balance that allows the various often competing elements to go forward together Mr Comer said it was simply silly to present the climate challenge in terms of a perceived willingness or unwillingness of a given state to take action the only real question was the ability or inability of the state to achieve the balance that needed to be struck between reducing emissions and maintaining the kind of economy that gave people work and the state the revenue needed to allow it develop the intelligent responses required by this defining challenge Mr Comer said that while no one doubted the sincerity of Friends of the Earth the logic of their position was both unreal and potentially counter productive ICMSA was not arguing on the basis of special interest group for farmers the association was simply pointing out that the science proved conclusively that Ireland and Austria were the most environmentally sustainable dairy producing areas in Europe and that the basic logic of sustainability surely argued that for instance milk production should not be harmed in those areas where science said it had least environmental impact and should be reduced in those areas where it was most stressful to the environment This would strike most people as not just the most sensible way of looking at agri related emissions but the only approach likely to appeal across national borders and meet the kind of global response that one would have thought Mr Coughlan desperately wanted It doesn t make sense and is illogical to look for a uniform across the board reduction in agri emission when we can produce much more milk in this country with the same or less emissions than say a densely populated country on mainland

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/friends-of-the-earth-must-become-friends-with-the-facts/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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