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  • European Parliament adopts the Nicholson Report on the challenges facing the EU Dairy Sector | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    resisted calls from MEPs to reinstate milk supply management as a cohort of MEPs maintained their traditional viewpoint on milk quotas ICOS are doing everything in our power to counteract this perspective so as to allow our client dairy co ops deliver their growth plans on their own terms The report acknowledges the crucial role played by co operatives in terms of providing producers with greater negotiating power Furthermore the report calls on the sector to consider the wide spread adoption of milk supply contracts and to consider risk management options such as locking in a milk price as a means to mitigate against market volatility In many respects Irish dairy co op s are ahead of the curve in the development of effective risk management tools and are showing the way in Europe ICOS will also continue to encourage the development of financial instruments needed to make dairy futures and other similar tools workable in practice The report highlights the crucial need for generational renewal modernisation and investment across the EU dairy sector Moreover the report stresses the need to add value to dairy products and calls on producers to take advantage of an increase in EU financial support aimed at promotion activities in domestic and third country markets The report also concludes that research and innovation measures need to focus on the development of innovative high value dairy products such as nutritional products 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/european-parliament-adopts-the-nicholson-report-on-the-challenges-facing-the-eu-dairy-sector/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Market Weakness Continues as Commission Stand Back | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    NZX at US 1910 a tonne and because the price was an average of two fortnightly auctions and the contract was priced at US 2000 a tonne in last week s auction traders predict a decline of 10 to US 1800 a tonne next week In response to pressure from MEP s covered in a separate story Commissioner Hogan reminded those listening that the CAP is equipped with a far reaching toolkit of measures available for addressing the particular constraints of the milk sector He resisted calls for increased intervention prices or for the activation of export refunds He also rubbished calls from some quarters for a reinstatement of milk quotas or other supply management tools The logic from the Commission is that milk supplies must reduce in response to market weakness and that low prices will trigger the reduction Wrongly timed intervention in the market would they believe interfere with the necessary pricing signals which farmers should receive While the Commissioner is probably technically correct in his analysis that s cold comfort for farmers who in their first year of expansion will be facing massive drops in their incomes If all the current indicators are correct and the current market weakness persists for the full season the Commissioner can expect significant farmer unease across Europe as well as some shrill voices looking for the reinstatement of quotas By TJ Flanagan Dairy Policy Executive 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/3282/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Big Data and Dairy – A Challenge We MUST Embrace | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    company Dairymaster one of many enterprises leading the way ICOS recently hosted them in at a conference on Big Data in Agriculture in Brussels where their research and innovation head Dr John Daly pictured outlined what innovations this highly progressive company were doing around using data to help profitability and time saving at farm level in Ireland and beyond The recently published Food Wise 2025 document aims for an 85 growth in our agri exports to 19 billion This if achieved is projected to result in the region of 26 000 new jobs The use of the Big Data technological innovation agenda will be a major element if this is to be a success Some of the issues that ICOS is dealing with in the area at COPA COGECA level are Looking to see what software and data bases can be used to facilitate data exchange What legal frameworks can be developed at EU level to help positive development What implications are there for ownership privacy and intellectual rights How can we facilitate access to information to promote technical development and profitability growth at farm and coop level How do we ensure farmers and their cooperatives are fairly treated in terms of exchanging data with bigger companies We look forward in playing a part in ensuring that this data revolution can be a force for good for our industry By Conor Mulvihill European Affairs Executive 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/big-data-and-dairy-a-challenge-we-must-embrace/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS meet Fonterra Head John Wilson in Brussels | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    tools being used at farm level With regard to industry level attmpts to combat volatility he did acknowledge that dairy futures markets were much too thinly traded at present to be effective In terms of fixed price contracts Fonterra are only putting 5 of their milk into these and they claimed that that was the level of demand from their farmers in the coop Blue Read mentioned that currency exposure was also a big contributor to dairy price fluctuation Future Challenges For NZ issues around water and nutrient run off remain their biggest challenges domestically Wilson claimed that he felt that NZ dairy domestic expansion was at its limit despite bigger than expected gains over the past 5 years Innovation right across the supply chain is critical to get value added from an increasingly sophisticated world market Wilson noted that the Scandinavian co op Arla were particularly good at focusing on the customer rather than the producer Fonterra themselves are focusing a lot of their innovation energy on international partnerships around whey This is where they expect growth to come from in the future Wilson said they were interested in developing partners in the EU where there has traditionally been a long and beneficial relationship regarding mutal standards trust and perception NZ fiercely backed a more open trade agenda and are actively looking to drive on a free trade agreement between themselves and the EU Other future issues touched on were the challenges of retaining a coop ethos in a globalising market and issues around risk management in all parts of the dairy chain By Conor Mulvihill European Affairs Executive 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/icos-meet-fonterra-head-john-wilson-in-brussels/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Ireland well Represented at European Parliament Dairy Promotion Evening | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    MEPs such as Sean Kelly Matt Carthy Mairead McGuinness as well as Jim Nicholson from Armagh whose parliamentary dairy report is dealt with elsewhere in this newsletter We were lucky enough also to have representatives from Glanbia Nutritionals to explain what was going on at the cutting edge of Irish dairy as well as heavily featuring the value added elements of our key dairy marketing coop Ornua with a selection of products from the Kerrygold brand We also had a stand featuring the Origin Green sustainability plan the underline how many Irish dairy farmers were in a quality assurance scheme and the industry in general were driving change in the sector By Conor Mulvihill European Affairs Executive 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 Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/ireland-well-represented-at-european-parliament-dairy-promotion-evening/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Food Wise 2025 – An Opportunity to Grow Sustainable Wealth | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of our food production systems and it is vital that we ensure that our additional production doesn t endanger the environment We need to protect biodiversity water quality and to minimise emissions of Greenhouse gases It is also important however that we win the political battles which will be fought as we approach a global climate deal later this year Our biggest disadvantage is the current principle whereby effectively our agricultural emissions are calculated per head of population dividing them by the 4 ½ million people in the state not by the 30 40 million people we feed It has been proven and accepted that Irish greenhouse gas emissions for milk and beef production are the lowest in the world therefore there is absolutely no point in penalising Irish production and having that food produced in countries with higher emissions The government has thus far achieved significant concessions in Brussels to recognise the merits of our food production systems but we can t depend completely on political solutions We also need to invest in technologies and innovative systems to reduce our emissions per kg of milk and beef still further Co ops have a vital role to play in helping farmers to produce quality food in a sustainable way Dairy Co ops are investing millions in sustainability systems and funding the operation of the Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme they are employing large numbers of advisors in development roles to support farmers and they are partnering with Teagasc to ensure that farmers benefit from world class production efficiency They have invested close to a billion euros in total over the past number of years in production capacity innovation and routes to market More investment will be needed however as we further develop technologies to capture the goodness from Irish milk and sell it profitably to the customers that value it There will be a need for increased collaboration within the dairy sector through Co ops working even closer together in the pursuit of scale and efficiency around operations marketing and innovation It is also important that livestock sector is not neglected Large numbers of cattle and beef producers are farming at a loss This is morally wrong and socially and economically unsustainable Huge efforts need to be made to support beef and livestock producers to achieve both the technical efficiency and market strength which dairy producers have reached Given the enormous volatility in beef prices and the market strength of the small number of powerful domestic beef processors it is vital that live exports are maintained as a pressure valve to ease periodic imbalances in domestic supply and demand Co op marts as local farmer owned and controlled livestock marketing organisations will play a vital role in supporting producers and allowing them to maximise the value for their stock In conclusion the Food Wise 2025 strategy represents a considered view of how our agrifood sector should proceed It is now up to politicians policy makers farmers co ops and

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/food-wise-2025-an-opportunity-to-grow-sustainable-wealth/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Register today for the Teagasc / ICOS Seminar on Collaborative Farming Options on 15 July | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    potentially increase the availability of land for dairy farming and benefit both the land owner and the dairy farmer The opening session will provide a general overview of the collaborative farming options open to Irish dairy farmers and will be chaired by Tom O Dwyer who is responsible for Dairy Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc Expert speakers will include Tom Curran Teagasc and John Downey Department of Agriculture The second session will take the form of three workshops on share farming partnerships and contract heifer rearing Each workshop will last for 25 minutes and all attendees will have an opportunity to attend each of the three workshops You can book your place by contacting Roisin Condon at 025 42330 or roisin condon teagasc ie By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive 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 Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/register-today-for-the-teagasc-icos-seminar-on-collaborative-farming-options-on-15-july/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Launch of Dairy Equipment Scheme under TAMS II | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of 18 and 40 and crucially those set up in farming within the previous five years can apply for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme which offers a superior grant rate of 60 The specific areas of investment covered under the Dairy Equipment Scheme include milking machines milk cooling and storage equipment water heating and in parlour feeding systems The first tranche of the scheme is open for three months closing in early October The Department of Agriculture confirmed to ICOS that it will not be until mid to late November before the first approvals issue The Terms and Conditions document can be found at the following link http www agriculture gov ie media migration farmingschemesandpayments farmbuildings tamsii DESTermsandCs290615 pdf By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive 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 Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/07/09/launch-of-dairy-equipment-scheme-under-tams-ii/ (2016-02-10)
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