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  • Ornua confirm that their May PPI returned 29 cpl – ICMSA say price to farmers did not reflect that fact : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the suggestion that Co ops are supporting or cross subsidising milk price at levels below 29 cents per litre is simply not correct The market returned a price in excess of 29 cpl for May that is simply a fact said Mr McCormack While everyone will accept that dairy markets have weakened the crucial point to grasp is that dairy farmer returns have already fallen by over 30 since their peak of 2014 Dairy farmers have taken enough of a hit and it is about time that the links further along began absorbing their share of the market downturn and stopped mind their margins while asking the primary producers to take the whole hit ICMSA asks again what has happened the differential that the value added strategy adopted by Ornua and various processors over the last few years was meant to deliver We were told that this would mean higher returns as we moved away from a simple commodity basis When is this going to start delivering for the farmers who effectively funded that strategy Spot markets at EU level are delivering in excess of 25 cents per litre and given our customer base and value added capacity we can and should be delivering a milk price well in excess of this and the Ornua figures certainly seem to confirm that this was achieved in May said Mr McCormack Mr McCormack noted that every one cent reduction in milk price cost the average dairy farmer between 3000 6 000 per annum and the loss on an annual basis comparing 2015 with 2014 is upwards of 30 000 These are losses that simply cannot be sustained and every cent at this stage is absolutely critical from a farmers perspective he commented Co ops boards setting June milk price need to take

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/ornua-confirm-that-their-may-ppi-returned-29-cpl-icmsa-say-price-to-farmers-did-not-reflect-that-fact/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says EU Dairy Sector “in crisis” and wants intervention price set at 28 cents per litre : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    from other EU Member States affiliated through EMB Mr Comer said that the current weak milk prices are an EU wide problem with milk prices having fallen across the Union by approximately 30 from 2014 levels Farmers are facing a massive reduction in their incomes in 2015 and milk prices are now below the cost of production for many farmers both here and across the EU The Irish situation is particularly stressed with many dairy farmers having to deal with substantial superlevy bills and expansion related farm debt We re in unchartered post quota territory here and there is a clear onus on the EU Farm Council to ensure that farm families can get through this period That means they re going to have to get serious about the tools at their disposal and in our opinion that must mean that the EU Farm Council immediately raises the intervention prices for butter and SMP to a level that reflects the cost of milk production across the EU and it is generally accepted that this should be in the region of 28 cents per litre The effect of such a decision would be to set a base price for the market

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/06/comer-says-eu-dairy-sector-in-crisis-and-wants-intervention-price-set-at-28-cents-per-litre/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says BSE test results are “as positive as both farmers and officials could have hoped for” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    for and a further testament to the seriousness with which Ireland approached the question of the health of our national herd Mr Comer said that the tests now demonstrated that the affected animal was effectively a one off and that meant that Ireland should had a very strong case to keep its clear status when the international body charged with adjudication on this matter next met The ICMSA President said

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/06/comer-says-bse-test-results-are-as-positive-as-both-farmers-and-officials-could-have-hoped-for/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Ornua’s Index fall “minute and insignificant” and say current milk price “easily justified” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    ll be disregarding the prices achieved by products traded in the last month and that s why the decision of Lakelands to cut price by 1 5 cpl to 28 75 cpl for May is so disappointing and inexplicable It s a serious blow to their suppliers and for instance if an equivalent cut were to be implemented across all May milk supplies by the other Co ops and processors then you re looking at a 13m reduction in milk cheques to farmers he said Mr McCormack also chairs his organisation s Dairy Committee and he noted that Southern Hemisphere Spot prices have shown significant softening in the last number of months while Northern Hemisphere prices have not shown such a large reduction Estimated EU average milk price stands at 31 03 per 100 kg for May down from 31 30 for April That estimated figure further strengthens the argument that milk products that were traded in Europe in the last month returned prices equivalent to those achieved in the first four months of 2015 Ornua and the Co ops have repeatedly highlighted their strategy of investing in value added products over the last number of years and this must

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/06/icmsa-say-ornuas-index-fall-minute-and-insignificant-and-say-current-milk-price-easily-justified/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Significant amendments needed for Department’s alternative Yellow Card proposal for inspections say ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    inspection In addition the proposal will do nothing for those farmers suffering a financial penalty of between 1 5 on their payment Under the Department s alternative proposal Mr McCormack observed that farmers who avoid a financial penalty under the tolerance system would automatically be put into a category where they will be at a higher risk of future inspection In addition should an inspection occur and the issue is discovered to have been not addressed the penalty would be three times the level applicable under the existing system of dealing with tolerance cases Such a system is not an improvement on the current system and is likely to mean more penalties on farmers as well as a higher risk of re inspection For this system to be acceptable ICMSA will require amendments including the removal of the clause that penalties will be multiplied by three and secondly that such farmers must not be included in a higher risk category for inspection said Mr McCormack In relation to notice of inspection Mr McCormack said that while some progress had been made on this matter the Department will have to ensure that all farmers subject to a no notice inspection get

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/significant-amendments-needed-for-departments-alternative-yellow-card-proposal-for-inspections-say-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA express security concerns around publication of Direct Payment details : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    hidden area of the margins taken by the various components in our retail chain He said that was the reason farmers smiled when they heard and read about the need for complete transparency and openness despite years of campaigning by ICMSA and other farm organisations all across the EU there didn t seem to be any will to publish those figures or even investigate retail margins being taken by some of the biggest and most powerful corporations on the planet Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payments the ICMSA President said that there simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations for the farmers concerned He said he personally has no issue with someone going into a Department of Agriculture Office or a Teagasc office and outlining their reasons for knowing what farmer X receives in his or her Basic Payment But his organisation had a major problem with a publicly accessible website or list that gives the name address and amount paid to individual farmers in an environment where it was common knowledge that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents Mr Comer went on to point out that all this

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-express-security-concerns-around-publication-of-direct-payment-details/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says positive decision on status of BSE in Ireland - “Hugely Beneficial For Irish Beef” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the World Organisation for Animal Health OIE to raise Irelands status in relation to BSE from Controlled risk to Negligible risk John Comer noted that to be designated a negligible risk the highest possible status a country must have had no indigenous BSE case in an animal born in the last 11 years Mr Comer said the upgrade is a ringing endorsement of the work and sacrifices made by farmers the industry and the regulators over the last nearly 20 years and it was now important that beef farmers see a benefit from this decision through higher prices for our beef Mr Comer said that great progress had been made over the past number of years in terms of improving market access for Irish beef and the decision today should further boost our efforts in the marketing and promotion of Irish grass fed beef In addition this decision should also lead to significant savings in terms of disposal of Specified Risk Material SRM and on this issue alone farmers should benefit through higher prices given that the costs of disposal will be significantly reduced and thus add value to Irish beef The global independent body on animal health has recognised

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-says-positive-decision-on-status-of-bse-in-ireland-hugely-beneficial-for-irish-beef/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Regional Veterinary Laboratories - “A critical piece of Agri-food infrastructure that must be retained” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    specifically farming As farmers we need an independent body like the Regional Veterinary laboratories to address scientifically issues like animal health and various other concerns on farms and most importantly this service is required within a reasonable distance People and policymakers need to be realistic on this matter farmers simply do not have the time to travel long distances and when they do decide to go to the veterinary laboratory they need to be confident that the issue they have is being adequately addressed and we re not confident that this will be achieved by a collection centre type facility The Department needs to remember that in order to protect the whole Agri food sector farmers have to be encouraged to present animal health issues to the Department so that any issues can be dealt with before they become pressing or a major threat The Regional laboratories have played a very valuable role and proved themselves to be the first link with farmers over the years in this regard and that role should not be underestimated said Mr Comer The agriculture sector is unique in Ireland in that it has an economic and social impact in every townland in Ireland

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/regional-veterinary-laboratories-a-critical-piece-of-agri-food-infrastructure-that-must-be-retained/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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