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  • ICMSA accuse processors of “sitting on returns while milk suppliers struggle” and name Kerry and Glanbia as “two most glaring cases” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    what he said was an inexplicable gap between the IDB Index and the price being paid to suppliers during the one of the worst fodder and weather crisis in living memory He named as Kerry Group and Glanbia as the two most glaring cases where the price being paid to suppliers was hopelessly adrift of the prices the processors themselves were receiving The level of anger amongst farmers is building rapidly as we see the IDB Index reach 120 6 from a January level of 111 0 at the same time as Kerry decide not to pay any increase at all for April milk and the biggest milk processor in the state Glanbia throws a cent per litre the way of its suppliers and describes it as some kind of Hardship Payment I sometimes wonder whether the processors realise that we too can monitor the accessible date and we too are perfectly capable of crunching the figures And those figures point to a milk price that is very substantially higher than the one we are currently being paid said Mr McCormack The facts are quite simple The Global Dairy Trade Auction average weighted price on all products has increased by no less than 40 between 3 January and 1 May If we look at the Dutch Dairy Quotations and take the period between 11 January and 1 May then we see Butter up 740 per tonne a rise of 22 we see WMP up 790 per tonne a rise of 27 and SMP animal feed quality up 480 per tonne a rise of 19 Those are the facts and they become very stark facts indeed when you compare them to the per cent increase in milk price paid to suppliers over the same period Even allowing for forward contracting by

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/icmsa-accuse-processors-of-sitting-on-returns-while-milk-suppliers-struggle-and-name-kerry-and-glanbia-as-two-most-glaring-cases/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA want Irish Dairy Board Dairy €2 million fund paid directly to farmers ‘in a distinct and transparent manner’ : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    welcome and badly needed initiative from the Irish Dairy Board and it is essential that Co ops pay this fund directly to dairy farmers as soon as possible given the cash flow and fodder crisis on farms However in the context of the clear and justified expectations that milk price will increase further for April milk Mr Comer said that it is also essential that an Irish Dairy Board top up payment is made to farmers in a distinct fashion and not subsumed in a milk price increase already justified by developments in the marketplace Mr Comer said that while the improvement in weather conditions in recent days has brought some relief to farmers this fodder crisis is far from over and farmers will be dealing with its implications for a long period ahead both in terms of farm management and financially The IDB Fund is certainly welcome in this regard and following a meeting with the Irish Dairy Board earlier this week at which ICMSA Dairy Committee spelt out the realities facing dairy farmers at this time Mr Comer said that it is his association s view that the proceeds of the fund should be passed directly to farmers

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/icmsa-want-irish-dairy-board-dairy-e2-million-fund-paid-directly-to-farmers-in-a-distinct-and-transparent-manner/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Minister must confront national weather crisis : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    down support to compliment that bottom up effort as well The situation all over the country is dire and having met with many dairy Co ops in recent weeks we see the same story everywhere with debt levels and feed usage at record levels and debts being incurred that simply cannot be paid off this year We re also satisfied that while our banks are publicly stating that they will assist farmers the reality is very different and farmers are being refused credit The point is that even if the weather improves soon and please God it will farmers will be dealing with the consequences of this weather for many years to come said Mr Comer The ICMSA President called on Minister Coveney to take action in a number of areas and he specified the following The Minister must provide financial assistance to farmers most in need The Minister refers constantly to Food Harvest 2020 but the very people who will deliver this are on their knees and are getting no assistance from the Minister ICMSA again calls on the Minister to make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund at this late stage to provide financial aid to farmers to get them out of the current disaster All inspections should immediately be suspended While ICMSA understands the Department s inspection process the Minister should given the pressures on farmers at the present time suspend inspections for a short period just to remove that one element of stress from farmers The Minister should also make a clear statement that any reasonable issues arising from the fodder crisis should not result in a penalty in 2013 Farmers have had to farm in dire conditions over the last 12 months and the inspection regime must recognise this The regulations will simply have

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-say-minister-must-confront-national-weather-crisis/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA express 'emphatic' opposition to any Coupled Payment funded by redistribution of existing budgets : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of existing budgets Mr Comer said that there was no basis in logic fairness or agri economic potential for introducing such a payment and he said that the idea of a coupled payment as presently envisaged seemed to be designed as some kind of sop to placate certain groups who thought themselves entitled to a higher SFPs and had been disappointed by the outline agreement A coupled payment along the lines suggested will involve cuts of up to 15 in all farmers payments to fund it that is simply the fact of the matter That s how it will work and that s how it s intended to work ICMSA repeats its complete opposition to any such move and trusts that Minister Coveney and all those with an interest in moving Irish farming forwards will see that every sensible item outlined in Food Harvest is premised on the idea of the state supporting the active farm family How can we make the necessary commitment to that group if we are now talking about diverting millions to certain sectors because they feel particularly hard done by in terms of the recent agreement and have been encouraged to think that way by

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-express-emphatic-opposition-to-any-coupled-payment-funded-by-redistribution-of-existing-budgets/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome increase in IDB Price Index but express concern about likely poor production during peak milk period : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    milk price immediately with a price in the region of the mid to high thirties now fully justified dependent on product mix The decision of both Kerry and Glanbia to increase the March milk price to 35 cents per litre including VAT is certainly a welcome development and very necessary given the current pressures on dairy farmers But these decisions should be looked at as a first step given the movements in dairy markets over recent weeks with all indicators from the Global Dairy Trade Auction EU and UK published prices and now the Irish Dairy Board Index all showing considerable improvement We note yesterday s Dutch quotation which shows butter up 180 per tonne WMP up 130 per tonne and SMP up by 150 per tonne which highlights again the ongoing price surge noted Mr McCormack The financial and psychological pressures on farmers are growing by the day and now stand at levels that are of huge concern and our milk processors know this very well via their farm input businesses It will take a long time for farmers to recover from their current problems and it is imperative that processors immediately pass back the market improvements In addition

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-welcome-increase-in-idb-price-index-but-express-concern-about-likely-poor-production-during-peak-milk-period/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • McCormack says processors cannot simply ‘sit’ on hugely improved market returns leaving their milk suppliers to struggle : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    increased feeding costs In the last two days alone Mr McCormack said that the Global Dairy Trade Auction increased by 14 2 giving a total increase of almost 40 over the last six weeks In relation to the Dutch Dairy Quotations the butter SMP combination is now returning almost 42 cents per litre at processing level while WMP is returning over 44 cents per litre The Irish Dairy Board index is at 111 for February and has been there for some despite some very obvious movement on international markets We note as well that dairy farmers were receiving 34 cents per litre when the index was at 109 in 2011 Thus even in advance of the market increases in recent days a price of at least 35 cents per litre is fully justified and Co ops boards can no longer sit idly by and let milk price at levels below this There is a massive and growing financial crisis on Irish dairy farms and Co ops cannot simply sit on the hugely improved returns leaving their suppliers to struggle in their present circumstances said Mr McCormack who is also Chairman of the Dairy Committee In addition to the price rise

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/mccormack-says-processors-cannot-simply-sit-on-hugely-improved-market-returns-leaving-their-milk-suppliers-to-struggle/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say situation of farm families is reaching dire straits as weather “continues to work against us” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    has created massive problems in terms of psychological stress physical effort and financial cost to farmers and the weather over the last number of weeks is actually intensifying that pressure Mr Comer said that with fodder now in very short supply and very costly in all parts of the country and with feed bills growing by the day the situation has become desperate He continued by noting that unless the weather improves considerably over the next week many farmers are going to find themselves in even deeper trouble and it is essential that everyone from the Minister downwards plays their parts in helping those in difficulty According to Mr Comer people should be in no doubt that there has been a very real crisis at farm level since 2012 and the position of many family farms is reaching truly dire straits as the weather continues to work against them Even when the weather improves which please God it will shortly cashflow on farms is likely to be a major issue for the rest of 2013 as farmers attempt to pay off the massive feed bills incurred and those involved in the other chains of the agriculture sector from the Co

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-say-situation-of-farm-families-is-reaching-dire-straits-as-weather-continues-to-work-against-us/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcomes proposal to introduce mandatory micro-chipping of dogs : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    accountability and traceability and the Association believes Minister Coveney must introduce the necessary legislation as soon as possible Mr Carroll stated that the distress and damage that arises from attacks by marauding dogs on farm livestock particularly sheep is significant This is a particular problem although not exclusively around lambing time One of the main problems associated with attacks is that farmers or Dog Wardens are unable to identify the owners of these dogs ICMSA believes that dog owners must do everything possible to prevent such attacks as uncontrolled dogs can decimate a flock in a very short period One of the key issues with micro chipping is that owner details are registered and held on a secure database and are updated regularly If owner details are not registered to the micro chip then it will be impossible to locate the owner Undoubtedly the cost to the dog owner of this measure will be a factor and ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney must negotiate with the Veterinary Council of Ireland to ensure a reduced cost micro chipping service is provided by their members said Mr Carroll Mr Carroll concluded by stating that for responsible pet owners micro chipping offers the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-welcomes-proposal-to-introduce-mandatory-micro-chipping-of-dogs/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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