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  • ICMSA welcome UL’s belated commitment to dairy research : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    s total milk production and that the potential for double digit growth in this area was enormous Mr Blackburn also noted that ICMSA which is headquartered in Limerick has been very critical of UL s reluctance to engage with the regional dairy industry which is by far the region s biggest indigenous economic activity It was over two years ago that ICMSA had urged UL to involve itself in this

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/02/icmsa-welcome-uls-belated-commitment-to-dairy-research/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA point to “legitimate security consideration” around publication of Direct Payment details : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    farmers smile when they hear 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 doesn t seem to be any will to publish those figures about retail margins Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payment ICMSA would make the same point today we made back in 2009 before the legal challenge by German farmers stymied the Commission s plans to publish SFP at that stage There simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations of the farmers concerned ICMSA 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 received in his or her Basic Payment But we have 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 we know that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents And bear in mind that all this will happen against a background of the closure of rural Garda stations We do not think it s unreasonable to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-point-to-legitimate-security-consideration-around-publication-of-direct-payment-details/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Latest BVD announcement by Minister Coveney “misses the point again” say ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in relation to BVD the retention of Persistently Infected PI animals Mr Pat McCormack who also chairs the ICMSA Dairy Committee said that the drive and commitment coming from the Department of Agriculture Food Marine should be aimed at getting rid of BVD out of Ireland once and for all But Mr McCormack pointed out that almost 40 of PIs retained in 2014 were on dairy herds and yet the compensation packages have consistently ignored beef breeds within the dairy herd That fact had to be confronted according to Mr McCormack and Minister Coveney had to face up to the reality that BVD eradication had to mean PIs being removed from all herds The other two major initiatives that need to be addressed directly by the Minister are the notification of neighbouring herds where a PI animal is held for longer than the required length for a re test and the notification of the veterinary practitioners These issues should be dealt with directly by the Minister and not fudged by passing it back to the implementation group that is failing to get agreement This is the final year of testing for those who entered in the compulsory year and the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/latest-bvd-announcement-by-minister-coveney-misses-the-point-again-say-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say falling energy prices not ‘feeding through’ : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of electricity when global energy prices were experiencing double digit falls The most recent Eurostat figures indicate that electricity in Ireland is the fourth most expensive in Europe at a time when a barrel of Brent crude has fallen to a six year low The cost of natural gas has fallen by 18 in the last year but we re not seeing reductions of anything like that order for the customers and obviously we re most concerned with the energy cost to our farmer members who if they are milk suppliers are looking at anything up to a 50 drop in income according to the estimates of Teagasc Farmer incomes are falling and we still have that steady year on year input inflation so for instance fertiliser prices are set to rise by 7 this year Farmers and the population in general desperately need to see a reduction in energy prices that is someway proportionate to the overall reduction in energy prices that the energy providers and utility companies are enjoying For instance the most recent price reductions announced by Bord Gais are absolutely puny compared to the price reductions that Bord Gais are enjoying at their level It s

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-say-falling-energy-prices-not-feeding-through/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • McCormack says latest prices from dairy markets are positive but ‘real test’ will come in February : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    reduce its index by a substantial 5 1 basis points following a succession of reductions the ICMSA spokesperson said the decision was causing concern amongst the state s milk suppliers many of whom have not even begun to milk their cows yet The ICMSA Dairy Chairperson acknowledged that dairy products have had a very difficult six months but he noted that the Global Dairy Trade index figures for the last two sales have seen the overall index increase by 2 4 and 3 6 respectively Moreover he noted that when you look at the individual commodities that make up the index you can see there has been significant positive movement in butter cheddar casein and fats Butter has increased in five of the last six sales and is up over 40 in that time since the start of October 2014 Cheddar has also seen gains but not to the same extent as butter it is currently running 13 ahead of its lowest point in November 2014 Dutch Quotations have also gone up in the last few weeks with increases across the board in the most recent returns butter led the way with a 3 increase recorded said Mr McCormack ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/mccormack-says-latest-prices-from-dairy-markets-are-positive-but-real-test-will-come-in-february/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA propose “very substantial amendments” to Wildlife Act and want closed period for hedge-cutting shortened by a month : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    1 March to 31 July as opposed to the current 31 August Mr Rohan said that the most up to date research all indicated that birds have left their nests by the end of July and he said it was no longer tenable for Irish farmers to be prohibited from maintaining hedgerows and possibly breaching the cross compliance rules governing the Basic Payment Scheme formerly the Single Farm Payment He noted that the original closed period set out in the 1976 act was amended and extended by the Wildlife Amendment Act 2000 in a way that had now been overtaken by our knowledge of how and when the wildlife interacted with this environment and the legislation now measurably lagged the reality in a way that was imposing a large and growing cost on farmers and the state s biggest indigenous economic activity No one can say that farmers have been anything but incredibly positive about maintaining the environment and protecting the wildlife our environment supports Over 40 million hedgerow plants have been planted through REPS and AEOS and nearly 10 000 kilometres of new hedgerow planted in the last 20 year We ve done everything we can and jumped through

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-propose-very-substantial-amendments-to-wildlife-act-and-want-closed-period-for-hedge-cutting-shortened-by-a-month/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmer anger growing as Meat Factories “shamelessly renege” on quality bonus Commitments : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    noted that it represents a shameless reneging on what Meat Industry Ireland freely undertook to deliver just six odd weeks ago The ICMSA Chairperson said that If the word of Meat Industry Ireland is to mean anything then the meat factories and processors really have to grasp the fact that other parties expect them to follow through on commitments they have made and not always to be looking for a

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/farmer-anger-growing-as-meat-factories-shamelessly-renege-on-quality-bonus-commitments/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say first Global Dairy Trade Auction of 2015 sees 3.6% rise : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the negativity surrounding milk price at present the 3 6 increase in the Global Dairy Trade Auction was certainly a positive start to 2015 and would provide adegree of hope for dairy farmers particularly considering that this was the second auction in a row to see prices rise Mr McCormack noted that there were increases across all range of products traded ranging from 1 6 to 13 2 While the market undoubtedly has some way to go in relation to stability farmers expect and are perfectly entitled to expect that Co ops will not take knee jerk decisions in relation to milk price but will wait to determine how markets are going to develop In addition dairy farmers are expecting a significant dividend from our milk processors and marketers in 2015 following the significant investments made over the last number of years in terms of capacity product development and routes to market If these investments are to mean anything then they must protect farmers during periods of market downturn and that is the basis on which farmers will judge them This momentous year has just begun and these auction prices are to be warmly welcomed but we are still urging

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/01/icmsa-say-first-global-dairy-trade-auction-of-2015-sees-3-6-rise/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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