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  • ICMSA 'Supporting Safer Communities Campaign' from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - An Garda Siochana : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    supporting safer communities campaign from thursday 28th may to wednesday 3rd june 2015 ICMSA Supporting Safer Communities Campaign from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 An Garda Siochana Download PDF 977KB Post date 2015 05 21 11 12

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/supporting-safer-communities-campaign-from-thursday-28th-may-to-wednesday-3rd-june-2015/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Images of Chinese leader’s visit to Mayo farm of “immeasurable benefit” to branding and reputation of Irish Food say ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Mayo today which he attended John Comer the President of the ICMSA said the images of so senior a Chinese politician visiting our dairy farms and viewing our largely unique grass based production system will be of immeasurable benefit to the branding and reputation of Irish food in the Chinese markets on which so many Irish companies are expending such a concentrated effort Mr Comer said that Irish dairy products

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/images-of-chinese-leaders-visit-to-mayo-farm-of-immeasurable-benefit-to-branding-and-reputation-of-irish-food-say-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Young Farmers Scheme welcome but glaring anomalies must be addressed : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    1 May 2015 will not qualify as a young farmer for this scheme while he she would qualify under the Basic Payment related schemes It is totally unfair Mr Comer observed that such farmers are excluded because of a delay in launching this scheme a delay that was totally outside his or her control and this needs to be addressed In relation to the Five Year Rule a significant number of young farmers who are undoubtedly committed to farming have been totally excluded from this scheme and again this needs to be addressed The ICMSA President noted that there are negotiations ongoing at EU level around the issue of simplification and if they are to mean anything this anomaly and that of having two simultaneous definitions of a Young Farmer needs to be addressed The further schemes due to be launched in relation to dairy equipment and general farm investment should be opened immediately said Mr Comer as it is quite clear that it could take at least six months from date of application to approval and farmers need to plan their investments in a structured way He said this was particularly important in relation to dairy equipment as farmers

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-say-young-farmers-scheme-welcome-but-glaring-anomalies-must-be-addressed/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says proposed extension of 31 August deadline for farm schemes should be supported : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the proposal should mean that the current deadline for completion of works under the Farm Safety Scheme and the Dairy Equipment Scheme of 31 August 2015 could be extended to early 2016 thus allowing farmers a longer period to complete their investments In relation to the Farm Safety Scheme Mr Comer said that the current short timeframe to complete works is putting pressure on farmers to finish the work in a hurry a fact that is in direct contradiction to the objective of the scheme itself which is to farm safely and it s also driving up costs unnecessarily The ICMSA President said that an extension for a number of months would allow farmers to complete the work in a more orderly and planned fashion while also reducing upward cost pressures Regarding the Dairy Equipment Scheme Mr Comer noted that the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine have informed ICMSA that 2 400 farmers have yet to complete the work under the scheme Given the practical realities of dairy farming the majority of these farmers will not be in a position to complete the work by 31 August with most of this work usually completed in the October to February

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/comer-says-proposed-extension-of-31-august-deadline-for-farm-schemes-should-be-supported/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say processors must now base milk price on value-added basis not commodity : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    as damaging to the overall confidence in the sector The Irish Dairy Board index at 98 9 only fell slightly on the March level and it s very striking to note that in April 2012 when the index was below this level Irish processors on average returned a milk price to farmers of 31 5 cents per litre which is higher than the milk price paid for March milk this year In addition despite the additional milk going onto dairy markets spot market prices are holding up reasonably well with reported prices returning 30 cents per litre for commodity butter and SMP with similar price levels in the UK said Mr McCormack Considering the massive investments made by our processors in improved facilities to deliver higher value added and by Ornua formerly the Irish Dairy Board in marketing initiatives and routes to market farmers rightly expect that milk price now being returned to them should not be a commodity price but a price based on the value added products that our processors are now producing Farmers are investing in this processing and marketing capacity and we now expect a return on this investment through a milk price well above the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-say-processors-must-now-base-milk-price-on-value-added-basis-not-commodity/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer wants end to "complacency" on TB in deer population : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Mr Comer said that ICMSA had repeatedly identified areas in Wicklow and to a lesser degree Kerry and Clare as requiring a concerted action to control and cull the out of control numbers of wild deer which some experts now estimated to have reached 150 000 head nationally He noted that the accepted rate of TB infection in wild deer was in the region of 15 which translated to at least 22 500 infected animals wandering the country and cross infecting into farmers herds We obviously must keep perspective on this but by the same token we repeat our warning that it s simply too risky to continue permitting this level of growth in the deer population where we know that there s a double digit percentage of TB infection in that group We know for instance that in a sample targeted cull of deer in North Wicklow the incidence of TB found was 100 times that of cattle There s been a degree of complacency on this issue and the result is these disquieting figures pointing to a degree of infection in officially clear herds It s time and actually it s well past the time to move on

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/comer-wants-end-to-complacency-on-tb-in-deer-population/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say cattle numbers for 2016/17 look very high and want focus on live cattle exports between now and year’s end : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    live export levels by supporting live exporters in whatever way possible thus keeping cattle supplies at a level that will deliver a reasonable price for beef producers going forward according to Mr Michael Guinan Chairperson of ICMSA s Livestock Committee Mr Guinan wants particular concentration on the export of younger stock over the coming months given that calf births to date are up almost 150 000 head and this will inevitably lead to problems in 2017 unless action is taken now If beef producers know one thing for certain it is that cattle supplies dictate the price they receive from the meat plants and the live export trade is the only way to ensure cattle supplies are in the farmers favour and that s exactly why we now need a strong focus on exporting more cattle live But to date live export levels are down over 20 000 head on last year s levels with calf and weanling exports down 10 000 head and 3 000 head respectively When we contrast those figures with the fact that births to date are up 150 000 head we arrive at a situation that should cause real concern ICMSA accepts that state agencies

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-say-cattle-numbers-for-201617-look-very-high-and-want-focus-on-live-cattle-exports-between-now-and-years-end/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Knowledge Transfer Payment Should Go Direct To Farmer - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    under the scheme the 750 payment per farmer will be paid to the facilitator of the Group and the farmer will then have to wait for the facilitator to pay him her Such a system does not reflect the so called simplification agenda at EU level at this time and is a significant departure from the normal system of payment where a farmer is now relying on a third party to make a payment from a Department scheme While welcoming the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine regarding the opening of the Knowledge Transfer Scheme a scheme that all farmers should consider given its benefits from a farming and personal perspective Mr Comer said that it makes no sense that the farmer will not be paid directly by the Department At a time when the EU is talking up simplification it would appear that yet again actions say otherwise and what we now have is complication rather than simplification when the simple fact should be that the farmer should be paid directly by the Department The simplification agenda is hugely important to farmers but yet again ICMSA Mr Comer said is very concerned that schemes are being

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/knowledge-transfer-payment-should-go-direct-to-farmer-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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