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  • On behalf of John Comer, President, Officers and Staff of the ICMSA, wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    a prosperous new year the icmsa offices will re open thursday 2 january 2014 On behalf of John Comer President Officers and Staff of the ICMSA wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year The

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  • Reminder to Submit Movement of Organic Fertiliser Record - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    3 and Proof of 2013 Rental Grazing agreement Record 5 forms submitted to Nitrates Section Johnstown Castle Estate on or before 31 December 2013 Mr Rohan stated that failure to return the Record by this date will result in a significant penalty and believes the Department must revisit this decision of not accepting records after December as prior to 2012 records were accepted well into the following year Mr Rohan stated that all farmers should either have access to their interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus statement online on agfood ie or have received a text message in October covering cattle numbers held on the farm for the 9 month period January to September 2013 If a herd owner does not have access to online or SMS text alert notification services the interim N P statements can be obtained from the regional offices or from the Department s Nitrates Section JohnstownCastle Wexford He continued to say that it is vital farmers use this information to indicate if they may be approaching or exceeding the 170Kg Nitrogen per hectare limit set down in the Nitrates regulations The Farm Services Chairman concluded by stating it is essential for any farmer who has exported slurry

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  • ICMSA predict that milk prices will remain strong for first half of 2014 – “prices fully recovered and more” from October Dip : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    in dairy product prices He specified last week s increases in both the Global Dairy Trade Auction and the Dutch Dairy Quotations and noted that the 3 9 increase in the Global Dairy Trade auction reflected strong demand for products such as casein butter and SMP while the Dutch dairy quotations are reflecting a stronger market for dairy products in the EU Mr McCormack said ICMSA is particularly encouraged by

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  • Stable Outlook for Beef in 2014 is Welcome News for Farmers- ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    ICMSA s view that new market opportunities will arise for both beef and live cattle of all ages Production in the EU15 is expected to be 6 759 million tonnes in 2013 a drop of 2 4 from 2012 Demand remained higher than supply at 7 107 million tonnes Production in the EU15 is expected to increase by 1 5 in 2014 with demand only rising 0 2 resulting in little movement on average prices across the continent The EU will still be an importer of beef in order to fill the difference between demand and supply Slaughtering s are 8 higher in Ireland 2013 from 2012 despite this increase prices rose higher in 2013 which is very encouraging Also following on from an overall increase in cattle numbers of 6 in 2012 this should lead to higher cattle slaughtering throughput in 2014 Calf births to date in 2013 are below 2012 levels with a substantial decrease 7 in Suckler birth registrations this may slow some of the throughput for 2015 and beyond A further challenge in the next year is to bridge the price gap between Irish and UK prices which have diverged in the last twelve months and

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  • Teagasc Conference on Weather patterns -- ICMSA say farmers becoming concerned by the accuracy "or otherwise" of short-term weather forecasting : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    that necessity must extend to policymaking at both national and EU level Despite the improved weather conditions and product prices in the second half of 2013 it s an unfortunate fact that not all farmers made it through the fodder crisis and many of those who did come through it are still paying the bills the fodder crisis brought and will be paying those bills well into 2014 The issue of weather forecasting needs to be re examined and it would be timely to re establish the Agmet Group who examined this issue a number of years ago In terms of harvesting crops short term weather forecasting is hugely important and farmers are becoming increasingly concerned by the accuracy or otherwise of current weather forecasting and renewed investment is needed in this regard said Mr Rohan The physical mental and financial problems of 2012 13 took a huge toll on many farmers and under CAP Post 2013 a Crisis Reserve Fund will be established by cutting all farmers Single Farm Payments by 1 per year If a Crisis Reserve Fund is to mean anything it must mean that it will be made available to support farmers during severe weather events

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  • ICMSA say Japanese decision to re-open their market to Irish beef testament to our growing food and farming reputation - "Ireland only fifth member of elite group" : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association ICMSA has welcomed the news that the Japanese market is now re opened to Irish beef exports John Comer described it as another substantial step forward for the beef sector and the wider agri food sector Mr Comer noted that very few countries were deemed to meet the standards required by Japanese authorities Ireland becomes only the fifth and for Ireland to join this

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  • ICMSA welcomes €26 million in agri-food, marine and forestry research projects but note that primary producers require a similar commitment on the part of the Government : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    agri food marine and forest research projects the President of ICMSA John Comer has welcomed the announcement Mr Comer said that it was now beyond doubt that any money invested by the state in these sectors was repaid in multiples through employment and exports and by the fact that Ireland s reputation as a global standard setter in sustainable food production was now going from strength to strength The ICMSA

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  • President's speech at AGM 22 November : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    is between accreditation and practical realities I have no doubt there will be issues for farmers in relation to this scheme there will be teething problems initially and ICMSA will work hard to resolve these issues on an ongoing basis The scheme will go ahead and it will be successful but I want to make one thing abundantly clear today dairy farmers will not be paying the direct cost of this audit The processors said this scheme is needed the processors committed to paying for the cost of the audit and Minister you must ensure that the processors pay that bill That was the basis on which ICMSA engaged with this scheme and we ve no intention of allowing the goalposts to be moved at this stage The processors said they d pay for the audits and we re going to hold them to that In relation to the beef sector we obviously started the year with the horsemeat crisis a crisis again that should not have happened and thankfully Ireland eventually came through it relatively unscathed On my travels around the country farmers continually raise the issue of over regulation and inspection at farm level and why problems at other links in the chain can potentially undermine our business and our income Farmers are clearly saying that there must be greater checks and balances on both the input and output side because if an issue arises it is almost always the primary producer that will pay through lower prices The horsemeat crisis is a warning to us all and we must ensure that it doesn t happen again The recent TLT receivership again highlights the vulnerability of farmers where buyers of their produce run into difficulties One such event can wipe out a family farm and the existing legislation is simply inadequate As the supplier of the primary raw material it is ICMSA policy that farmers should be made preferential creditors under the law and thus afforded a higher level of protection than is currently available Successive government have failed to act on this matter to the severe cost of many farmers and I would ask you Minister to consider this matter once again The live export trade is of huge importance to Irish farmers from calves to finished cattle and it is crucial that the Department and Bord Bia continue to promote this trade and ensure it is not undermined by TLT s difficulties Live exports provide farmers with a level of competition for the meat plants that is a fundamental necessity Beef prices in 2013 remain at a high level that is likely to continue because there is a reasonable balance regarding supply and demand for beef in Europe But that begs a question why was there a gap of 76 cents kg last week between an R3 steer in Ireland compared to an R3 steer in the UK this is equivalent to nearly 270 per head Where is this margin going to This can only be explained by the higher margin being taken by our processors and other links further up the beef supply chain at the expense of Irish farmers ICMSA repeats our call for a proper investigation of this astonishing and very long standing price difference With the expansion in the dairy herd it is inevitable that a greater proportion of Irish beef will come from the dairy herd and our beef industry needs to have action plan in place in this regard The beef grid was a bad deal for dairy farmers as ICMSA was almost alone in pointing out at that time and I believe in light of the changes coming in Irish farming now is the time to review the grid to address the inevitable People need to wake up to the fact that the suckler herd is not going to stay at current levels and we need to develop a credible plan for beef from the dairy herd CAP post 2013 was agreed this year and now Minister you have some key decisions to take I cannot stress how important these decisions are for our members because there are very real fears that they will face unprecedented cuts in their payments Unfortunately Minister under the agreement reached the vast majority of our members stand to lose but the extent of the loss will be determined by you The list of possible cuts is substantial and I am urging you to ensure that these cuts for active farmers are kept to an absolute minimum ICMSA is clearly stating that active farmers must be protected and I am deeply concerned at this stage that we are going to see a massive transfer of funding away from active farmers to people who simply own land This cannot be allowed to happen but I fear greatly this will be the net result Farmers will judge the outcome of this CAP Reform on the basis of the extent of the loss gain compared to their current payment not on the basis of Ciolos initial proposals ICMSA is the family farm organisation and decisions taken must be on the basis of protecting our family farm structure and not simply to provide our dairy and beef processors with the maximum amount of produce at the lowest possible cost On this point I d like to be very clear ICMSA does not support a coupled payment for the suckler herd funded from the Single Farm Payment Budget Given the extent of possible other reductions our members cannot afford another percentage cut whether it be three four or eight percent to fund a suckler cow payment Indeed Teagasc research has shown that only 20 of suckler farmers would actually gain from a coupled payment So we re left with the following question to which ICMSA would like an answer is it possible that a farmer with an average payment is going to suffer another deduction to fund a coupled payment for a farmer whose single farm payment is very

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