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  • March | 2014 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    factory fit animals being traded in livestock marts The rationale for the meat plants introducing these additional conditions is simple and clear It is being done to subvert fair competition for livestock and ultimately control prices These bonus payments we are informed by the Meat Industry are a customer requirement led by the large British multiples arising from animal welfare concerns As outlined above one of the main criteria to enable a farmer to achieve this bonus is having only 4 movements or less in the animal s lifetime Due to the structure of the Irish beef sector the smaller farms in the West traditionally supply other farmers in the Midlands and East of Ireland and Northern Ireland farmers with younger store animals To facilitate this these animals require several movements on various farms before these cattle are finally finished on the last farm before slaughter ICOS believes that this measure along with the other measures introduced by the Meat Industry is a form of market manipulation that ensures that transparent price competition is stifled as much as possible The Meat Industry and UK multiples are fully aware that by manipulating the market in the manner described farmers are not getting a fair and true market value for their stock The UK market is the only European market where these effective barriers to free trade in livestock exist Ireland is exporting 200 000 tonnes of identical beef meat to Continental Europe without the restrictive stipulations that have been introduced for exports to the UK allegedly for quality and welfare reasons ICOS contends that the further interference to the trade that is now evident with the effective ban by meat plants in Northern Ireland on killing cattle from the Republic in Northern meat plants is anti competitive and in contravention of free trade principles within the EU The graph below clearly illustrates the effect of this market manipulation and its distortion on Irish beef prices ICOS has a first hand account of this from farmers in Northern Ireland We are aware of instances of Northern Ireland farmers with large numbers of Southern born cattle that are fit to slaughter who cannot get them killed in the Northern meat plants One such farmer has told ICOS that he is facing financial ruin as he has over 2000 southern born cattle in his feedlot For the last 30 years this farmer has purchased his cattle from marts all across the West of Ireland and always killed them in Northern meat plants He now has been effectively told he cannot get these animals slaughtered in the Northern meat plants unless he takes a 150 discount as they were born in the south of Ireland This farmer now cannot export these animals back to the southern meat plants as his herd has a movement restriction placed on his herd due to TB regulations closed slaughter only herd This policy if retained will leave this farmer and many others facing financial ruin Typically these Northern farmers

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  • February | 2014 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of the marts industry Ireland s livestock mart sector includes over 60 co operative mart centres across the country Over one million cattle are sold in Ireland every year in co operative livestock marts 90 of Irish beef is exported to more than 50 countries worldwide 70 of Irish sheep meat is exported The main export markets are the UK and France ICOS represents 130 co operative businesses and organisations in Ireland including the livestock marts and the dairy processing co operatives with some 150 000 individual members 12 000 employees in Ireland a further 24 000 abroad and combined turnover of 10 billion Irish agricultural exports contribute over 7 billion to the Irish economy each year and the sector accounts for 8 of national employment Ends ICOS DairyDigest February 2014 Posted on 7 Feb 2014 You can download the latest ICOS DairyDigest February here In this months ICOS DairyDigest National Dairy Week Market Update Brussels Bites News from around the World Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June

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  • January | 2014 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    to be welcomed he said He suggested that participation on the new Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme should be a qualifying and grant aided knowledge transfer measure He emphasised that the low level of land mobility remains a key barrier to on farm efficiency and profitability He welcomed the proposed support measure for partnerships or other collaborative arrangements The ICOS President also welcomed the focus on measures in the beef sector that would enhance quality and improve efficiency and profitability but noted that without measures to ensure greater transparency and competition both within the beef sector and between the beef and livestock sectors measures such as the new beef data and genomic scheme would not of themselves bring about the improvement s required ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 12 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Ends For further information contact Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS 087 2867349 seamus odonohoe icos ie Media Information Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 086 813 7512 ICOS Dairy Digest January 2014 Posted on 9 Jan 2014 You can download the latest ICOS DairyDigest Janaury here In this months ICOS DairyDigest Milk Pricing Dutch System Radically Overhauled Market Update Brussels Bites News from around the World Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

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  • December | 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    and a further 24 000 people overseas Ends Find ICOS on the web www icos ie and Twitter http twitter com ICOS BXL Media Information Tim Kinsella 086 813 7512 Editor s Note The Plunkett Award is the premier honorary award made by ICOS annually It is presented to one individual each year who is regarded as having made an outstanding life long contribution to the co operative movement in Ireland Videos of the 37th ICOS National Conference Posted on 18 Dec 2013 Please follow the links below to videos of presentations made at the 37th ICOS National Conference Paddy Wall Associate Professor UCD Part 1 Paddy Wall Associate Professor UCD Part 2 Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Bart Van Belleghem M D EUCOLAIT Part 1 Bart Van Belleghem M D EUCOLAIT Part 2 Julie Sinnamon CEO Enterprise Ireland Part 1 Julie Sinnamon CEO Enterprise Ireland Part 2 Ake Hantoft Chairman Arla Foods Amba Matt Dempsey CEO Irish Farmers Journal Part 1 Matt Dempsey CEO Irish Farmers Journal Part 2 Simon Coveney T D Minister of Agriculture Food the Marine Press Release Extreme Caution urged following Circular from new Livestock Trading Entity Posted on 17 Dec 2013 The ICOS Marts Committee has urged all co operative marts to exercise extreme caution in dealing with any new livestock trading entity allegedly being promoted by a current director of TLT International Ltd in Receivership The ICOS statement follows sight of a circular attached dated November 2013 promoting a new livestock trading partnership under the auspices of Emerald Green Exports and Gore Transport International respectively The circular is purportedly from one of the current directors of TLT International in Receivership The ICOS statement said that as of today TLT International Ltd remains in Receivership still owing in excess of 3 million to marts and almost 1 million to farmers directly The ICOS statement went on to say that until there is a satisfactory resolution of the significant debt owed by TLT International Ltd to livestock marts and farmers co operative livestock marts must be circumspect around potential dealings with any trading entity where there is any level of involvement by a current director of TLT International Ltd Ends ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 12 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Media reference Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 01 703 8600 Photos from the 37th ICOS National Conference Posted on 5 Dec 2013 Johnny O Brien Peter Fleming and Michael Coleman Barryroe and Billy Goodburn ICOS Skillnet Jer Doheny Glanbia Ky Vaughan and Jim White Mullinahone Co operative at the 37th ICOS National Conference Philip Kinnane Noreen Barry Jim Russell Tim Maher and Denis Brereton Centenary Thurles Co operative Society Ltd David Hannon Aloysius Duffy and Gerard Melia Lakeland Dairies Co

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  • November | 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    a cheque made payable to ICOS to Ciara Pelly ICOS The Plunkett House 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2 Telephone 01 6131347 or email ciara pelly icos ie Keynote ICOS National Conference will address Risk Management and Market Volatility for Co operative Businesses Posted on 1 Nov 2013 ICOS lines up top Irish and International speakers on issues of major economic importance Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney T D Matt Dempsey Chief Executive of The Agricultural Trust the Chairman of global dairy giant Arla Foods Ake Hantoft Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon UCD Public Health Professor Pat Wall and Food Harvest 2020 Chairman Dr Seán Brady will be among a top line up of senior Irish and international speakers who will address risk management in co operative businesses at the ICOS National Conference in Portlaoise on Monday 25 th November Read More Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS

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  • October | 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    2013 Applications for this position are now being short listed No further applications will be accepted The Irish Co operative Organisation Society Ltd ICOS is the central representative organisation for farmer controlled co operative businesses in Ireland Our members play an important role in all aspects of the Irish Food Industry with combined sales of over 12 billion euro in 2013 A highly motivated articulate Co operative Development Executive is now required Read More MINISTER MEETS DAIRY CO OPS Posted on 3 Oct 2013 The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD met ICOS and Chairmen of the dairy processing co operatives for a mutual sharing of viewpoints relating to the future of the Irish dairy industry The discussions focussed on initiatives to curb the impacts of market volatility post quota and associated risk management tools which might be used to protect market returns Front Row right to left ICOS President Bertie O Leary Dairygold Minister Coveney Martin Keane ICOS Vice President Glanbia and Seamus O Donohoe CEO of ICOS Back row left to right J J Walsh Commercial Director Carbery Matt Quinlan Tipperary Co op Pat Mescal Arrabawn Aaron Forde Chairman Irish Dairy Board Padraig Young Lakeland Dairies Jim Russell Centenary Thurles Martin O Keefe North Cork Pat Landers Kerry Ken Chapman Director Wexford Creamery TJ Flanagan ICOS Dairy Policy Manager and Hugo Maguire Town of Monaghan Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014

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  • September | 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of senior German dairy industry figures in Dublin today including officials of the German Farmers Association Deutscher Bauernverband the Rhineland Farmers Association the Lower Saxony Dairying Association and the Bavarian Association of Dairy Farmers The German Delegation and ICOS issued a Joint Declaration against any suggestion of milk supply management post quota The Declaration comes in advance of the forthcoming EU Dairy Conference Brussels 24 th September at which the future of EU dairying will be discussed In total ICOS and a coalition of co operative and farming organisations in 13 European dairy producing countries are opposed to any such dangerous proposals for a discretionary levy which the EU could use anytime to curtail milk production by dairy farmers Speculation is growing that French MEP Michel Dantin may seek to resurrect his proposals for supply control measure first put forward in a report by him last year on Common Market Organisation Mr Dantin s proposals are believed to have the backing of French policy makers and dairy interests in France This comes in spite of the fact that the milk quota system will be abolished in 2015 and the entire dairy industry is in fact poised for liberalisation and expansion The Joint Declaration issued today by the combined German and Irish delegation re iterates the position of the European Coalition of dairy interests T J Flanagan Dairy Policy Executive of ICOS said Along with our partner organisations around Europe we strongly reject any proposals for supply controls post 2015 EU markets and milk prices are now firmly influenced by world supply and demand Attempts to force European farmers to reduce supply in times of market difficulty will do nothing to strengthen world markets All that will happen is that European competitiveness will be undermined unit costs will rise and the giant exporters like the Americans and New Zealand will gain further The EU Commission must examine and develop tools which will help farmers to cope with the inevitable volatility which will arise in world markets The US is becoming increasingly influential and we should learn from their experiences in terms of futures markets and farmer income protection Right now there are very few tools available to protect producers margins This presents grave risks to expanding producers There is a responsibility on all of us to try to protect producers However milk supply controls do not form part of this equation The Irish industry is investing millions of euro in future expansion plans Farmers are also looking forward to future growth where the national aspiration of Food Harvest 2020 sees dairy output increasing by 50 when quotas are abolished What the dairy industry needs is total clarity of purpose and direction CAP Reform and quota abolition should clear the way for growth but any such levy proposals are contrary to that aim The entire industry must work to ensure that milk supply controls are not included in the final Common Agricultural Policy The proposal should be abandoned and proposals should instead

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  • August | 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance Board of Directors Sub Committees Locations Our People Facilitated by ICOS People profiles Our Members Introduction Dairy Livestock Food Fisheries Beverages Advisory Education Stores Trade Service Cultural Community Leisure Services we provide Starting a Co op Introduction What is

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