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  • ICMSA say Coveney’s BVD measures don’t go far enough – “Either we’re serious about this or we’re not” state Milk Suppliers : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Dairy Committee Chairperson of the ICMSA While acknowledging that compensation is a welcome development and that the amount of 75 for the removal of the second and subsequent dairy breed heifer PI may encourage those retaining PIs to remove them Mr McCormack stressed that dairy and beef herds should as an absolute minimum receive the same level of compensation of 120 In addition the decision to exclude beef animals from dairy herds for compensation is in ICMSA s view both ill advised and illogical in that it doesn t take account of the fact that BVD does not discriminate by breed or sex of the animal The ICMSA Deputy President noted that ratio of PI retention between dairy and beef herds is close to 50 50 and the exclusion of males and beef breeds from the dairy herd from the compensation scheme is a major oversight If compensation is seen as a means of removing PIs then it makes no sense to discriminate between herd types or on the basis of the gender of the animal or we will be in the exactly the same position in 12 months time with very significant numbers of Persistently Infected Animals being retained on farms we re either serious about eradicating this or we re not said Mr McCormack The Minister also needs to look at other measures in his effort to remove PIs This starts with the notification of neighbours who bound farmers retaining PIs for more than 7 weeks after the birth of that animal This is essential as there are more herds that have a BVD free status and they are entitled to all aid in taking the precautions necessary to stay that way Informing the vets of those farmers who have retained PIs is another vital move so that

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/icmsa-say-coveneys-bvd-measures-dont-go-far-enough-either-were-serious-about-this-or-were-not-state-milk-suppliers/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Milk Suppliers critical of “Charge first - correct later” approach to water charges : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the state s specialist dairy farmers organisation pointed out that farm families have been subjected to very high water charges for many years as non domestic water users and members are becoming very concerned that these charges will continue to escalate if Irish Water and the Government do not establish an appropriate and reasonable pricing policy structure The establishment of Irish Water and the expansion of charges to all households should result in economies of scale and a consequent reduction in the charges paid by farmers But that doesn t appear to be even a possibility and we re starting to have serious concerns regarding the current policy direction That policy could be described as a charge first correct later policy where we see a policy of significant investment in meter installation while at the very same time in excess of 40 percent of water treated is lost in leakage That kind of inefficiency in the system must not be allowed to continue and all consumers farm families included must demand that a campaign of investment in the water system to rectify that kind of systematic underinvestment and defect begins immediately and that we are not left with a situation

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/06/milk-suppliers-critical-of-charge-first-correct-later-approach-to-water-charges/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Beef Roundtable Must Deliver Meaningful Proposals on Prices For Farmers - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    been thrashed out time and time again and now the roundtable needs to start addressing these issues What is happening in the beef sector is similar to other sectors in that power is being placed in the hands of a small number of buyers at both processor and most particularly at retail level and they are simply dictating to the other links in the chain and the so called regulators at national and EU level are simply letting it happen If the regulators and that I mean the relevant Government Departments and the EU Commission cannot step in and address these matters then beef and other systems of production based on the family farm model are in serious jeopardy The Irish agriculture sector is entering a period of rapid change and unless structures are put in place that will see the marketplace return a price that will deliver a reasonable profit from beef production with a fair specification there is a danger that beef production as we know it today in Ireland will not continue For example Mr Comer said that an industry where a farmer invests in an animal for over two years and then at the end has

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/beef-roundtable-must-deliver-meaningful-proposals-on-prices-for-farmers-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Amendment to priority categories in Knowledge Transfer Scheme follows ICMSA-Department of Ag meeting : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    On farm Capital Investment Grants and the Knowledge Transfer Scheme all of which are hugely important schemes for Irish farmers With regard to GLAS it is crucial this scheme is opened in the Autumn of this year to ensure a full year s payment is available for all applicants in 2015 At this stage we re extremely concerned that farmers will not receive a full payment for 2015 with only a partial payment being made and we re calling on Minister Coveney to ensure that a full year s payment is made given that many of these farmers have been excluded from agri environment schemes for a number of years with a consequent loss of income In terms of the design of the scheme we think that the Department should use a standard costing system as opposed to a receipt based scheme which created significant problems with the AEOS scheme It is also essential that the scheme includes measures that are practical for more intensive farms as many of the current proposed measures will not suit these farms and will effectively exclude them from the scheme said Mr Comer In the context of quota abolition the on farm investment schemes and the ongoing development of farms become hugely important and it is inevitable that there will be greater demand in the early years of this scheme ICMSA believes that the funding of this scheme should be frontloaded to 2015 and 2016 In terms of investments that are eligible for grant aid ICMSA repeated its view that underpasses feeding systems silage bases and cluster removers where an individual is upgrading a parlour should all be eligible for grant aid There are significant costs involved in these type of upgrade and ICMSA believes that these items should be eligible under the new

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/amendment-to-priority-categories-in-knowledge-transfer-scheme-follows-icmsa-department-of-ag-meeting/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Local EU Elections Document : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    A http icmsa ie 2014 05 local eu elections document Local EU Elections Document Download DOC 349KB Post date 2014 05 16 13 35 47 Post date GMT 2014 05

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/local-eu-elections-document/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA meet Coveney on CAP Rural Development Programme : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of Natural Constraint Scheme formerly Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the on farm investment schemes Mr Comer confirmed that ICMSA had raised a number of concerns with the Minister in relation to these schemes including In relation to the GLAS scheme Mr Comer said that farmers must be able to apply for this scheme in Autumn 2014 to ensure a full year s payment in 2015 there must be adequate funding to ensure that all farmers who wish to join the scheme can do so in 2014 and the scheme must be relevant to all farm types I am particularly concerned that the necessary funding will be in place to allow all farmers who wish to join to do so in 2014 and we re calling on the Minister to secure the necessary funding Many farmers who participated in REPS over many years are excluded from an agri environment scheme at present and they must be allowed join this scheme in 2014 In relation to the on farm investment schemes with quota abolition in April 2015 there will be a significant investment requirement on farms over the next year and it is essentially that this scheme opens as soon as possible with a speedy approval process so that farmers can complete works over winter 2014 It s already very clear that there will be a high demand for this scheme during this period so the funding of this scheme should be frontloaded so that farmers who want to carry out investments in the 2014 15 period will get approval to do so This is a hugely important issue that the Minister must address said Mr Comer In relation to the Knowledge Transfer Scheme Mr Comer said the proposal that dairy farmers who are not in a position to expand would be

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/icmsa-meet-coveney-on-cap-rural-development-programme/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome Dept of Finance decision on CGT exemption for farmers forced to dispose of SFP entitlements after CAP changes - “fairness deserves to be acknowledged” says John Comer : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Gains Exemption will be contained in this year s Finance Bill for those farmers who had no option but to dispose of their Single Farm Payments as a result of changes introduced under the new EU CAP regime Mr Comer said that the exemption announced by Minister Noonan was no more than a reasonable recognition of the realities of the anomaly thrown up by the new CAP but he noted

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/05/icmsa-welcome-dept-of-finance-decision-on-cgt-exemption-for-farmers-forced-to-dispose-of-sfp-entitlements-after-cap-changes-fairness-deserves-to-be-acknowledged-says-john-comer/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • CEDRA report praised but Comer remains convinced that food production “the most important tool” in rural economy : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    certainly most rewarding economic activity available to rural Ireland is the same one that has always underpinned its prosperity Farming and food production We shouldn t need a study even one as estimable as CEDRA to grasp the fact that if Irish farming can be moved onto a long continuous upward trend of sustainable production and income then the whole rural economy will move upwards in tandem That s why when we see recommendations about allocations of EU Rural development funding outside the farm gate that would actually result in a cut to farm schemes we have to express disagreement We know for a fact that increasing the prosperity of family farms is the most tried and trusted way of increasing the prosperity of our rural economy overall And while we re happy to acknowledge the fact that not everyone living in rural Ireland is involved in farming or food production we would still feel that it must be recognised as the economic prime mover in our countryside We support anything that helps energise our rural areas but we have to guard against reinventing the wheel and not seeing that perhaps the most important tool to doing that is right

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/04/cedra-report-praised-but-comer-remains-convinced-that-food-production-the-most-important-tool-in-rural-economy/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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