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  • ICMSA Remind Farmers To Change Bank Account Details With Department If Switching Banks. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    and Marine so that there is no delay in their Single Farm Payment and other payments this Autumn Given that the Disadvantaged Areas Payment is due in mid September it is important that farmers provide this information as soon as possible to ensure no delay in this important payment All Department payments are now made directly to the farmers bank account and if the farmer has closed the bank account the funds will simply stay in the Department until such time as the farmer submits the details of the new bank account With direct payments such a large proportion of income for many farmers Mr McCabe said that if the farmer waits until payments are due there could be a serious delay in payments with the consequent cash flow problems To ensure that this issue does not become a problem later this year Mr McCabe said that the Department should also play their part and make direct contact with those farmers either by letter or text where the Department know their account is with a bank that is leaving the Irish banking system or changing their strategy The correspondence should also include the form to be completed by the farmer

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/07/icmsa-remind-farmers-to-change-bank-account-details-with-department-if-switching-banks/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Optimism on milk prices as dairy markets rebound : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    prices on spot milk markets have improved with the Dutch Dairy quotes running close to 4 higher for butter than this time last month whey increasing by 3 and WMP remaining stable In Italy for instance the spot milk price increased by 10 5 in the last four weeks and in the Netherlands the spot milk price increased by 22 since late April The Global Dairy Trade Auction has also increased after falling in the previous months EU average prices for most dairy commodities have shown positive movements over the last month and for last week according to EU Commission internal data butter SMP WMP Cheddar and whey powder have all increased With indications of a drought impacting on milk production in parts of the USA the strong growth in global supplies could very quickly come to a halt and the market will return to an even stronger position according to the ICMSA Deputy President Dairy markets are in a significantly better place this month and dairy farmers rightly expect that this will be reflected in the Irish Dairy Board index given its strong basket of products brands and market presence The follow on from that is that processors should

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/optimism-on-milk-prices-as-dairy-markets-rebound/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmers slam Department Beef Pricewatch as “almost irrelevant” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    itself but also possible weight limit penalties on price age limit penalties on price breed differences on price and quality assurance penalties on price Pricewatch provides absolutely no clarity or guidance on these issues Unless the Beef Pricewatch can provide clear information on the various penalties bonuses being applied by meat processors on a weekly basis all it will do is confuse and mislead farmers and that s precisely what it s doing at the moment said Mr Guinan Meat plants have full information on the animal being supplied by the farmer and it is high time that farmers were given the full information regarding beef prices Department personnel have access to this information through its price reporting structure in meat plants and this information should be utilised more to make the Beef Pricewatch actually relevant to farmers so that people can actually see the minefield through which farmers have to navigate in order to sell cattle into at this time At its meeting with the Beef Activation Group ICMSA had proposed that further information would be provided to farmers through the Department website and we were extremely disappointed that this obviously sensible proposal was not part of the Beef Activation Group recommendations because it is something that the Minister and his Department needs to take action on said Mr Guinan The Department Beef PriceWatch at present provides an average price based on the beef grid which given all the other specifications at play is almost irrelevant In actual fact an average price per grade hides a lot of information and if the Department is serious about providing clear information to farmers they should at the very minimum provide the range of prices for each grade that is the maximum and minimum price paid for each grade that week In

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/farmers-slam-department-beef-pricewatch-as-almost-irrelevant/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Taoiseach told that disillusionment is “rampant” amongst farmers due to continuous failure to confront retailer and beef factories cartels : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Mr Comer said that the relentless talking up of our farming and food sectors belied a reality where schemes like the new agri environment scheme GLAS are running way behind schedule while numerous threats like the Mercosur talks and post quota volatility are being left unaddressed The ICMSA President told Mr Kenny that the popular opinion expressed in the recent elections and acknowledged by the Government of a serious disconnect around the perceived unwillingness to confront and reform the most powerful entrenched interests was rampant in the farming community where decades of evidence that gigantic international retailers and powerful meat processors were abusing their dominant positions had been completely ignored while what Mr Comer called an avalanche of regulation was loaded onto family farms and small food producers Mr Comer said the current beef crisis was a perfect example of this frustrating inaction where ICMSA now estimated that farmers had lost 106 million so far this year compared to the same period of last year at a time when beef retail prices had remained more or less constant What happened that money Where has that 106 million gone Everyone knows the answer but all we get from Government is a shrug of the shoulders and some aspirational chat about a code of conduct that we already know won t work before it s even been introduced This is what absolutely infuriates people there always seems to be a reason why nothing can be done about the big boys while regulation is heaped up on the rest of us with compliance and often retrospective compliance as in the case of the mapping issues demanded on pain of financial punitive financial penalties told this paper after the meeting The recent elections showed the Government that people want real action and real reform

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/taoiseach-told-that-disillusionment-is-rampant-amongst-farmers-due-to-continuous-failure-to-confront-retailer-and-beef-factories-cartels/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Coveney must redouble efforts on butterfat adjustment as State “almost certain” to break through quota in 2014/15 production year : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    difficult to envisage We spoke to Minister Coveney directly and very recently on this matter and he s very well aware of our views that an adjustment is required In practical terms it may well be Q3 or even Q4 of this year before we see any movement on this issue said the ICMSA Deputy President who also chairs the association s Dairy Committee The really important point to grasp

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-coveney-must-redouble-efforts-on-butterfat-adjustment-as-state-almost-certain-to-break-through-quota-in-201415-production-year/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • The Deputy President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has warmly welcomed the decision of Kerry to hold their May milk price describing it as a demonstration of the kind of leadership and commitment that other processors should learn from. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    and we would see it as providing exactly the kind of leadership and commitment that the whole sector can learn from Kerry does not make decisions like this on the basis of sentiment they obviously agree with our own analysis that shows that that the market has levelled off with some indicators actually improving There s also the fact that there has been a demonstrable lag in both the scale and timing of price rises from processors to farmers that means that sufficient reserves were build up at Co op and processor level to enable them to hold prices in these circumstances The Kerry decision is a plain and simple recognition that markets are in a better condition than has been stated by other processors This decision represents the kind of commitment to suppliers that farmers need going forward into the post quota era because it shows a major processor making a decision on the basis of stability and a rational view of the medium to long term prospects ICMSA would say that it also demonstrates a much more advanced strategic understanding of where Irish milk supply is headed than many other processors and Co ops who still seem wedded

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/the-deputy-president-of-icmsa-pat-mccormack-has-warmly-welcomed-the-decision-of-kerry-to-hold-their-may-milk-price-describing-it-as-a-demonstration-of-the-kind-of-leadership-and-commitment-that-ot/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say data proves that ‘something very wrong’ with share-out of retail beef price: farmers put three years work in for 46% while factories and retailers work for two weeks for 56% : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    that the percentage return of the final retail price has fallen close to 18 over the same period Following an ELBEX style methodology as applied to UK beef the analysis was carried out for each month from January 2012 to March 2014 and showed that the final percentage return to beef farmers of the retail price ranged from 57 to 47 for heifers and 54 to 46 for steers Surprisingly the lowest percentages are being returned to farmers in the most recent months when prices have been at their lowest to farmers for close to 4 years According to ICMSA President John Comer the only realistic explanation for this loss on the double where farmers get a lower percentage from a lower price is very questionable action on the part of both the retailers and the processors and the result is that beef farmers are struggling to stay afloat Even more extraordinary is to realise that this double cut comes at a time when average beef retail prices have to the consumer have gone up noted said Mr Comer There can t be any doubt now that by comparison with the returns in the UK Irish farmers are getting a raw deal with UK farmers receiving a higher percentage of the retail price But that the UK farmers are still seeing the same trend as their Irish counterparts with a declining percentage of final retail prices going to the farmer at the same time as the retail price is actually increasing Ireland desperately needs an official breakdown of final retail prices on a standardised and regular basis that enables everyone to see who s getting what in a transparent manner and which can track trends The farm organisations are happy to do this but it should be coming from official

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-data-proves-that-something-very-wrong-with-share-out-of-retail-beef-price-farmers-put-three-years-work-in-for-46-while-factories-and-retailers-work-for-two-weeks-for-5/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA very critical of GIIL price cut and estimate it will cost 300,000L suppliers in excess of €4000 in second half of year : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Dairy Quotations showed improvement this week across all categories and we also saw a rebound for cheddar and SMP in the latest Global Dairy Trade Auction All this is set in the context of Dutch processor Friesland Campina increasing prices next month along with a number of UK processors This was the time for stability in the Irish dairy market with Co ops showing leadership and not adding volatility in the market and that was definitely not what we got from GIIL We estimate that this unnecessary cut will cost a 300 000 litre supplier 840 off his May milk cheque and over 4 200 going forward to the year end We needed the state s biggest processor of milk to stand up for their suppliers and hold the May milk price and instead we got a decision that unjustifiably in our opinion takes very sizable sums out of suppliers cheques said Mr McCormack There is another factor here Irish processors have constantly lagged their world counterparts when paying for milk Looking at international milk price comparisons it shows that Irish Co ops are continually paying a lower price to their milk suppliers than their European and World counterparts The monthly calculations undertaken by the Dutch Dairy board show that the Irish processors were close to 1 euro per 100kg below the European rolling average for April The 12 month rolling average milk price paid across Europe in April was 39 73 per 100kg and the Irish processors paid out 38 94 and 38 77 respectively These prices are excluding VAT and 4 2 fat and 3 4 protein More worrying is the fact that Irish processors are now below New Zealand and US milk prices for the month of April and the difference is close to 2 euro per

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-very-critical-of-giil-price-cut-and-estimate-it-will-cost-300000l-suppliers-in-excess-of-e4000-in-second-half-of-year/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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