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  • ICMSA say IDB Index ‘easily justifies’ 40c/L for July milk – call for GIIL to review their declared price : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    to look at the input side of their business and the massive outstanding bills farmers have with the Co ops and other input suppliers and also the increased prices of feed fertiliser and fuel Since 2010 fertilizer and feedstuff prices have increased by 27 and 38 per cent respectively and milk price simply has not kept pace thus increasing the price cost squeeze on dairy farmers said Mr McCormack Against a background of these ongoing pressures Co op boards will have to insist that the full benefits of the buoyant marketplace are immediately passed back to their suppliers and this means that a price of at least 40 cents per litre should be paid for July milk Any Co op that does not come up to that level is categorically not returning the benefits of the marketplace to their suppliers and to date we regret to note that Co ops and processors have been inexcusably slow to pass on the increased returns This just cannot continue A difference of 2c L for an average supplier of 300 000 litres of quota would see him her lose approximately 800 for just July milk Farmers are at a loss as to how Co ops can be so short sighted and stubborn about keeping their prices low when they have direct knowledge of the financial pressures on farms he continued Leaving aside the sustained increases in World and European milk product prices Ireland has its own reliable guide to where milk prices should be set and it s the IDB Purchasing Index Given the IDB Index has shown consistent increases month on month it would be sensible to expect milk price to follow a similar path It must be remembered also that the Index is not a notional guide but is actually based

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-say-idb-index-easily-justifies-40cl-for-july-milk-call-for-giil-to-review-their-declared-price/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says retrospective penalties “unfair and unacceptable” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    year when farmer finances are already stretched to the limit due to atrocious weather of the last year The Department have clearly shifted the goalposts At a Farmers Charter meeting in July 2010 ICMSA was clearly told that a review of parcels had taken place and 99 9 of farmers were fine with issues for only 0 1 of farmers in terms of eligibility and claims Farmers are clearly entitled to ask what has changed since then and why so many of them have gone from a situation of meeting the requirements at that stage to the present circumstances where now they are being penalised I was at that meeting at which the Department confirmed that the numbers involved in over claiming were relatively minute By their own estimation of 0 1 we are looking at a figure of approximately 1300 people who over claimed and many of these by very small amounts But we now see a situation where the Department have already contacted over 4 800 farmers and effectively accused them of over claiming whether deliberate or inadvertent and we are now being told that every parcel in the country is to be reviewed said Mr Comer This kind of retrospective trawl is grossly unfair to all farmers who have long since spent the payments received in 2010 and it is simply not good enough for the Department to announce that the basis on which they were operating in 2010 and which they confirmed to ICMSA and others is now being changed Farmers claimed in good faith were paid in good faith and spent that money in good faith and it is monumentally unfair for the Department to begin trawling through these payments years later and demanding immediate repayment of sums that they themselves had paid out and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/comer-says-retrospective-penalties-unfair-and-unacceptable/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA lash GIIL July price as “disappointing and unconnected to market realities” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    was also highly critical of the speed with which GIIL announced this disappointing price for July milk Farmers will wonder what the hurry was here and they may well suspect that this disappointing price announcement is designed to avoid having to take cognisance of the next round of market price rises expected to be announced in coming days If the IDB Index is adjusted upwards in the next announcement as is widely expected then the GIIL decision will look even more questionable than it does now It is especially disappointing to consider this attempt at holding back buoyant market returns in the light of the sentiments expressed when GIIL was set up about how farmer orientated the new venture was going to be Dairy farmers will know that the best way of showing farmer orientation is to pay the best milk price that the market can bear and that is most assuredly not happening in this case where GIIL s July price is a substantial 1 5c L to 2c L below where it should be during the key months of milk production said Mr McCormack The critical point for farmer directors sitting on boards to grasp is that the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/08/icmsa-lash-giil-july-price-as-disappointing-and-unconnected-to-market-realities/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Drop in beef price estimated at €3.5 million loss to farmers in three weeks - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    justified in any way An analysis of price paid to beef farmers for steers heifers and cows has shown a huge loss of income in the last month Mr Guinan said that comparing prices in the three categories for the week ending June 30 and subsequently calculating the loss of income from the lower price for the first three weeks of July shows a massive loss of just under 3 5 million It should also be noted that young bulls are excluded from this analysis which would drive this figure even higher This loss in income Mr Guinan said comes at a time when farmers are at their busiest preparing for what could be a long winter if fodder shortage predictions are borne out A strong cattle price at this time of year is not only important to cattle finishers but right down the supply chain to store producers weanling producers and suckler farmers All these farmers faced massive obstacles to beef production in the last eighteen months due to weather and fodder so it absolutely essential that there is a strong market for cattle when these farmers sell their produce stated Mr Guinan To ensure a strong market meat

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/drop-in-beef-price-estimated-at-e3-5-million-loss-to-farmers-in-three-weeks-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Minister Needs To Provide Clarity And Resolve Single Farm Payment Anomalies As Soon As Possible - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    according to Mr John Comer President of ICMSA While the decisions taken at EU level have been decided it is the decisions that will be taken by our Minister based on flexibilities afforded to him by the EU agreement that will ultimately decide on the level of loss gain suffered by individual farmers Some majors decisions have to be taken and it is better that these are taken sooner rather than later to remove the uncertainty surrounding the Single Farm Payment going forward Like all previous agreements Mr Comer said that it is quiet clear that potential anomalies will arise that will unfairly penalise individual farmers and given that many farmers are already facing serious losses under the agreement these must be resolved With a new area base year of 2013 or 2015 with a future payment reference year of 2014 the application of linear cuts the application of cuts on those above the national average to mention a small number of the issues it is quiet clear major anomalies will arise and provisions must be made within the detailed rules to address these anomalies For example some farmers totally depending on farming for their income have a high payment per hectare but a low overall payment It is not fair that they will suffer a cut to increase the payment of an individual with a much higher overall payment but a lower payment per hectare With regard to the definition of active farmer Mr Comer said that the Minister should clarify at this stage whether he can implement measures such as a minimum stocking density and there is growing uncertainty that this can be done on a national basis and be applied to all farms While there was general consensus that payments should be targeted at active farmers unless

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/minister-needs-to-provide-clarity-and-resolve-single-farm-payment-anomalies-as-soon-as-possible-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcomes Septic Tank Grants Scheme and Planning Exemption. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    details of the Septic Tank Grants Scheme in December 2012 and ICMSA believe the provision of such financial assistance is essential for households whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems require remediation or upgrading Mr Rohan stated that it is important to note that in order to be eligible to apply for the grant your septic tank or other waste water system had to be registered by 1 February 2013 Also a householder can only apply for the grant where remedial action or upgrading is required following an inspection It is not possible to get a grant for work carried out in advance of an inspection an issue which Mr Rohan said ICMSA believes must be re examined to allow householders who are anxious to carry out remedial work immediately and in advance of an inspection but are not in a position financially to do so in the absence of the grant The ICMSA Chairperson stated that the signing of regulations by Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O Sullivan T D which provide for an exemption from planning permission for works arising from an inspection under the National Inspection Plan is an issue which ICMSA had

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/icmsa-welcomes-septic-tank-grants-scheme-and-planning-exemption/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Beef price reduction out of line with market position - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    with farmers by reducing quotes and making it difficult for farmers to get cattle killed and it is disgraceful that meats plants are simply taking advantage of their dominant position said Mr Guinan Beef farmers are still recovering from that prolonged bad weather period which resulted in mounting debt on farms by trying to maximise fodder saving in the last number of weeks Processors are cutting prices in the expectation of higher supplies in the next number of months and this leaves a bad taste with farmers who are trying their utmost to survive Mr Guinan said that the practice of dropping prices at this time of year has been on going for a number of years and beef farmers are amazed given the continued high prices in the UK and supply shortages in mainland Europe While processors might argue that reduced prices are due to supply and demand the facts are not as straightforward Up to the end of June total disposals were some 9 5 ahead of the equivalent period last year at 690 000 head Prices increased and held up during this time it is baffling to see why they have started to fall now It is

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  • ICMSA predicting 40c/L for June milk as markets improve again : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    124 7 to 126 6 Against that background of a higher index Mr McCormack said that ICMSA was now insisting upon a price of 40c L for June milk as an absolute minimum This is not speculative request on the part of ICMSA We know for certain that the IDB index now easily supports that price of 40c L and we are insisting that the co ops and processors pay

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/icmsa-predicting-40cl-for-june-milk-as-markets-improve-again/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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