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  • ICMSA say global dairy trade auctions and indicators justify 'minimum' 34 c/L price for January milk : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    and in the context of the unprecedented pressures on dairy farmers at this time that farmers patience was now wearing very thin in light of the repeated failure of Co op boards to reflect the easily verified strength of dairy markets in the milk price paid to their suppliers All indicators are pointing to stronger markets whether it be the Global Dairy Trade Auction Dutch Dairy Quotations Irish Dairy Board Price Index and various other EU and global dairy market indicators All clearly show that the prices being paid for milk at farm level is now well below the returns from the marketplace The situation on many dairy farms at present is extremely difficult putting it at its mildest with fodder shortages now a very real challenge for many farmers and feed bills from millers causing immediate and real pressure at what was already an immensely difficult time The possibility of getting to grass is a non runner at present and milk production is well back on last year s levels Milk suppliers are experiencing severe stress both cash and mental and it s long past the time when Co ops boards should have acknowledged that pressure and acknowledged that

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-say-global-dairy-trade-auctions-and-indicators-justify-minimum-34-cl-price-for-january-milk/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says reported proposals on Third Level Grants changes would introduce a "systematic bias against farm families" : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    said that the reported proposals would undoubtedly result in a general discrimination against the children of self employed in terms of the awarding of Third Level grants but they would most specifically introduce a systematic bias against the children of farming families who needed the grants to proceed to Third Level The ICMSA President stated that a farm was nothing more than the tool by which a farmer earned his income and he was scathing on the subject of what was and evidently was not to be considered an asset Mr Comer said that a farmer working a 75 acre farm every day would hardly make the average industrial wage and indeed as was the case as recently as 2009 might work all year for absolutely nothing In 2009 you could have farmed 500 acres and still have ended up with no net income at all said the ICMSA President Mr Comer said that ICMSA now repeated the question it had first asked of Minister Quinn last August why is a farm considered an asset but a gold plated public sector pension not If a working farm of 70 acres is now to be considered an asset in the calculation

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-says-reported-proposals-on-third-level-grants-changes-would-introduce-a-systematic-bias-against-farm-families/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say latest development in burger controversy proves that regulation at processing level must be tightened up : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    justifiable anger amongst Irish farmers Farmers are fed up at having their sector undermined and a tightening of regulation is absolutely essential to prevent a repeat of this controversy said the ICMSA President Farmers believe that our system of regulation is hopelessly lop sided with a massive presence and inspection regime right out to the farm gate through which the animals leave All products leaving the farm are tested and farmers are heavily penalised if any issue arise but it appears that this has not happened further up the chain At that stage the regulatory and supervision system reduces and it continues to be reduced all the way through the massive supermarket retailers and then out to the consumer The weight of regulation has always rested on the farmer and while ICMSA is happy to accept that the present situation has confirmed what many farmers have always suspected the only link in the chain that s properly monitored is the farmer and it is ironic therefore to note that it is the farmer who gets the smallest margin of the final retail price stated Mr Comer When finally the Department is able to pronounce definitively that the problem has been

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/02/icmsa-say-latest-development-in-burger-controversy-proves-that-regulation-at-processing-level-must-be-tightened-up/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA describes Tesco statement as "hypocritical and disingenous" : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    said that Tesco and other massive retail multiples seemed to be content to shrug final responsibility for food safety onto the people behind them in the supply chain who themselves operated under margins that Tesco effectively dictated and which were often below the costs of production Mr Comer said that the fact of the matter was that it was primary producers and farmers who had been ultimately paying the price of Tesco s much publicised corporate adherence to the highest standard of food safety by being compelled to accept prices for excellent food that more often than not left them with little or no profit margin In contrast Tesco and their likes who added nothing by way of value to the food product took a huge and increasing margin of the final retail price The ICMSA President said that ultimate fault for this latest scandal and most of the preceding ones lay squarely at the door of the cheaper and cheaper food policy that had been adopted by Europe s biggest multiples and the complete lack of any meaningful EU regulation of the margins being taken by the retail multiples at the expense and often to the ruin of their

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-describes-tesco-statement-as-hypocritical-and-disingenous/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA question why increase in IDB index to its highest level since its introduction has still not resulted in a milk price rise : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    ICMSA s Dairy Committee said that it again clearly highlights the fact that the price being paid by Co ops to milk suppliers is well behind market developments and needs to move up immediately to reflect reality Mr McCormack noted that Cash flow pressures are growing on dairy farmers by the day and Co ops must respond by passing back the improved market returns We see that markets remain in a very positive place for dairy products with the first Global Dairy Trade auction of the year up 2 the Dutch Quotations are positive and market indicators from the UK EU and global markets suggesting an improving or stable market situation Market returns are now at the 40 cent per litre region and a milk price increase is fully justified said Mr McCormack The improvement in the Irish Dairy Board index for December is very significant and at 111 1 is at its highest level since the index was introduced At its previous peaks in summer 2011 dairy farmers were receiving 34 cents per litre and this should be the minimum benchmark for Co ops at this time Quite clearly there is considerable room for improvement in milk prices and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-question-why-increase-in-idb-index-to-its-highest-level-since-its-introduction-has-still-not-resulted-in-a-milk-price-rise/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA President says state authorities deserve praise for rigorous upholding of standards in food testing and publication : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    no health risk posed by the horse DNA and that while the presence of this DNA was a matter of concern and one that warranted a very through investigation by the agencies responsible there was no need for any degree of concern on any health grounds Mr Comer went on to observe that the reputation of Ireland s farming and food sectors for excellence represented the family jewels of Ireland

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-president-says-state-authorities-deserve-praise-for-rigorous-upholding-of-standards-in-food-testing-and-publication/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcomes BSE Testing Changes : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    1 April 2013 is very welcome news for Irish farmers both from a financial and confidence viewpoint and represents another step from a crisis that thankfully is well behind us according to Mr Michael Guinan Chairperson of ICMSA s Beef Cattle Committee BSE testing has been a massive cost on farmers and an annual saving of 5m is certainly significant The Minister is to be complimented for his work on

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/icmsa-welcomes-bse-testing-changes/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Base Year Dilemma Needs To Be Resolved - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the proposed base year and this matter needs to be addressed immediately in the interests of active farmers planning their future in farming Given recent comments by Commissioner Çiolos Mr Comer said that it appears increasingly unlikely that 2014 will be the base year with 2015 now seen as most likely but also possibly 2016 For farmers dependent on rented leased land to earn an income in farming this uncertainty which now appears likely to go on for longer than expected is simply not acceptable and the proposals coming from the EU Parliament Agriculture Committee provide little comfort for farmers The EU Parliament proposal simply states that a farmer must have been farming in 2009 2010 or 2011 but still retains a future base year which is the crux of the problem for those farmers farming the land Given that over 20 of land in Ireland is either rented or leased the base year selected under the new regime will have major implications for farmers into the future It is ICMSA s firm view that given the need to target payments to those farming the land that a rectrospective base year is required and is the only solution to a

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/01/base-year-dilemma-needs-to-be-resolved-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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