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  • ICMSA acknowledge Minister Coveney’s moves to ‘engage’ with beef price crisis - call for Beef Market Monitoring Agency similar to that set up by EU for dairy markets : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Comer said that it was both important and fair to acknowledge these first moves towards some degree of supervision of the pricing and margin structure in the hope that the present completely exposed position of the farmers might in some way be protected and he was particularly enthusiastic about the commitment to roll out the Beef Pricewatch online tool aimed at making price information more accessible and free to farmers However Mr Comer said that the most obvious solution to the endemic problems around ensuring that farmers got a fair price for their beef would have been the setting up of a Beef Market Monitoring Agency of a type similar to that announced by the EU last year for the dairy markets Mr Comer said that it was longer acceptable or sensible for beef suppliers to be left completely at the whim of the factories processors and retailers in terms of price and specifications and it was vital for all parties including ultimately the beef factories themselves that some degree of predictability and viability was restored to the business of finishing cattle Mr Comer said that the present system where farmers invested up to three years in producing cattle only to be told at the last minute that all the factory specifications had changed and their three years work was down the drain was utterly unfair and was going to inevitably wreck beef production in Ireland The ICMSA President said that the remit of the Dairy Market Monitoring Agency was precisely this kind of look ahead to where supply and demand conditions might change in a way that would radically alter price and then the recommendation of policies that would ameliorate those drastic price swings It was now very obvious according to the ICMSA President that a similar type of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/04/icmsa-acknowledge-minister-coveneys-moves-to-engage-with-beef-price-crisis-call-for-beef-market-monitoring-agency-similar-to-that-set-up-by-eu-for-dairy-markets/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcome AIB’s ‘Vote of Confidence’ in Agri Sector : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in the farming sector in general and in the skill and technical ability of the state s milk suppliers in particular Mr Comer said that the post quota era would bring with it both challenges and opportunities but that he was positive that our farmers would expand their milk production at a cautious rate that matched the predicted increase in demand All of the projections for Irish farming food production

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/04/icmsa-welcome-aibs-vote-of-confidence-in-agri-sector/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Climate Change Report – Farmers warn against being ‘bounced’ into disproportionately damaging emissions reduction programme : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the changes undoubtedly already underway took account of individual state s circumstances Mr Comer said that while farmers were more aware than most of the implications of climate change and stood to feel the effects first it was critical that the report did not become some form of stick with which our hugely important farming and agri export sector was going to be beaten He said that the same science that measured the progress of climate change must now be used to argue that those states that could produce food with the least environmental impact should be those states where food production was supported In that context it was crucial to note that food production in this country was proportionally much less environmentally damaging than in almost any other EU Member State while the value of the food produced in export terms was proportionately more important Against that background Mr Comer said it was vital that the Irish Government insisted that any kind of equity of contribution in emissions reduction introduced by the EU Commission took account of the relative cost of food production in different states as well as the relative importance of that food production to the state

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/04/climate-change-report-farmers-warn-against-being-bounced-into-disproportionately-damaging-emissions-reduction-programme/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ARE YOU IRELAND’S TOP FARMING FAMILY? : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of 4 take on each other for a top prize Closing date Tuesday 8th April 5pm Call 087 238 7222 or 01 4973225 or email clannfeirmfactor gmail com Your family pride is at stake MORE INFORMATION Over the past 4 years Feirm Factor has challenged some of Ireland s most talented farmers pitting them against one another to find one winner Clann Feirm Factor is now looking for farming families Does your family have what it takes Families will undertake a variety of tasks and projects from animal handling selling general knowledge machinery and business acumen testing their farming skills proficiency Each family team will consist of four members and will work under the one family name All team members must be related e g cousin uncle mother A minimum of two team members must be fluent Irish speakers and all team members must be over 18 years of age Filming dates will take place in May 2014 This is an opportunity for 8 of Ireland s top farming families to fight it out to be crowned Ireland s top farming family and take home a host of amazing prizes as there is more than your family pride at stake

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/03/are-you-irelands-top-farming-family/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA describe proposed extra year of BVD testing as totally unacceptable : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    proposal is outlandish given that these farmers voluntary agreed to enter the scheme in 2012 and were given a clear commitment that the programme was to be a three year programme and no longer He pointed out that the farmers have met the conditions in full invested in the scheme on that basis and are now being told you will have to do another year Hovering over all this is the TB experience which provides a very serious example of where things can go wrong The ICMSA Deputy President said that Animal Health Ireland had given a commitment for a three year programme and they must stand by it in the interests of their credibility amongst farmers If extra testing is required at this stage ICMSA believes that it should be paid for by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine Mr McCormack was also highly critical of the announcement that the Department of Agriculture s Regional Veterinary Laboratories are to move to a 23 VAT rate as and from March 31 as well as introducing a waste disposal fee in addition to the existing post mortem fee Mr McCormack said that anything that dissuaded farmers from using the RVLs

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/03/icmsa-describe-proposed-extra-year-of-bvd-testing-as-totally-unacceptable/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say tax liabilities could arise from decision on entitlements from leased land - Coveney must seek exemptions from Dept of Finance : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    agreement the Minister should seek taxation exemptions to allow sensible land leasing arrangements in place over many years to continue without the incurrence or imposition of significant tax liabilities Mr Comer said that the transaction to resolve the issue could be subject to Capital Gains Tax Capital Acquisitions Tax and VAT depending on the circumstances The leaser may be subject to Capital Gains Tax at 33 depending on his or her circumstances the leasee could be subject to Capital Acquisitions Tax at 33 depending on his or her circumstances and the transaction could be subject to VAT at 23 if the value of entitlements sold exceeds 37 500 While exemptions for certain farmers already apply for some of these taxes in certain cases there needs to be a special exemption for all farmers impacted upon by this change Mr Comer said that it s essential that farmers who rely on rented leased land to run their farm will be able to continue these arrangements but that the reality as of now is that certain farmers find themselves in a situation where due to no fault of their own neither the leasor or leasee will be able to draw the entitlements under the new system He said that while his organisation welcomed the Minister s statement that each affected individual both leaser and leasee will be written to regarding the situation but he noted that the Minister must do more to help the individuals concerned While a solution to this problem has been identified by the Department there may be significant taxation implications if the farmers affected opt for this solution and given that this problem is an unforseen outcome of the CAP Post 2013 agreement ICMSA believes that the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine should seek agreement from the Minister

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/03/icmsa-say-tax-liabilities-could-arise-from-decision-on-entitlements-from-leased-land-coveney-must-seek-exemptions-from-dept-of-finance/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Department clarify position on storm damage Force Majeure in positive meeting with ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    have fallen on farmland and will not be cut this year the Department has confirmed that the area covered by the trees will remain eligible land and thus the farmer does not have to make an adjustment to his her land area Given the huge number of trees that have fallen throughout the country in recent storms this is a welcome development and takes some pressure off farmers said Mr Rohan Where farmland that was declared in previous years has become covered in rock stones rubbish seaweed etc the Department will again treat this land as eligible land so the farmer will not have to adjust his her maps in relation to this issue In relation to farmers who have lost land to the sea the Department have confirmed that these farmers will be able to consolidate their entitlements onto their remaining land to ensure that they can claim their full payment for 2014 While this is welcome in relation to their direct payments Mr Rohan pointed out that the reality for the farmers concerned is that they have lost land to the sea and this is a wider issue that needs to be addressed by the state agencies responsible

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/03/department-clarify-position-on-storm-damage-force-majeure-in-positive-meeting-with-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Bull beef down 17% on last year – factories and farmers both need joint strategic plan : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    were in some cases down 17 on the prices being paid this time last year Mr Guinan observed that such reductions that have not occurred in any other European beef market and he predicted that the extent of the losses suffered by individual farmers will certainly have consequences that will impact on the industry going forward through reduced supplies The meat industry must set down clear plans for bull beef production with clear commitments given to farmers who decide to remain with this enterprise If meat plants are serious about developing a producer processor relationship and showing that they understand that the factory and the farmer are interdependent then the current issues need to be dealt with immediately and clear guidelines given for the future Recent developments in relation to bull beef are likely to result in many farmers simply shipping calves live rather than taking them to finishing and the industry will suffer the consequences of today s problems in about two years time when supply is likely to be substantially lower Looking across the EU there is no other market where bull beef prices have fallen as much and farmers who produced bull beef believe they are being unfairly targeted by meat plants at a time of year when prices traditionally would be on an upward trajectory said Mr Guinan The Beef Committee Chairman said this bull beef problem originated in the introduction of the beef price grid and the specifications around the grid and he repeated ICMSA s call on the meat plants to review the specifications which are inevitably going to lead to beef supply problems at specific times of the year It is perfectly clear that the specification that the market is operating under is not suitable to a grass based production system that needs

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/02/bull-beef-down-17-on-last-year-factories-and-farmers-both-need-joint-strategic-plan/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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