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  • Report Supporting Voluntary Origin Labels for Milk Welcomed by ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    most dairy products already have compulsory labels detailing the plant of origin with the country initials beside as show with the picture accompanying this article showing Belgian milk ICOS would very much point to how recent mandatory origin labelling for both the beef and sheep industries have resulted in significant difficulties in the trade in Ireland and the UK where retail dominance around labelling has been leveraged to cut prices to producers with no benefit to consumers ICOS would also contend that the complexities of the production of dairy goods would even make these problems even worse Traceability and food safety has been an absolute cornerstone of the Irish dairy industry and we are continuing this process with improvements at farm and co operative level but such a labelling regime would give us little benefit We have to be realistic here we are a country that exports around 9 out of every 10 litres of milk that we produce and of those 9 litres value has to be maximised to help create wealth for member owners As rightly proud as we are of our dairy produce in Ireland compulsory labelling would not help the objective of benefiting our industry as we simply do not have the domestic consumer base where it would be an advantage 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/06/08/report-supporting-voluntary-origin-labels-for-milk-welcomed-by-icos/ (2016-02-10)
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  • EU Superlevy Estimated Bill Climbs to Almost €870m for 2014/2015 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Denmark 24 million Latvia 10 million Luxembourg 5 million Estonia 3 million Cyprus 2 million These figures are well up on the 409 million stumped up by dairy producers from across 8 countries including Ireland last year This was also at a time when overall European quota being underutilised by the tune of 4 6 The current scheme to spread the final fine over 3 years by Commissioner Hogan is most welcome But the reality is that these monies are still been taken away from the dairy industry in full in a time of market difficulty ICOS strongly feels that these monies should not disappear unto the general EU budget be retained within a dairy industry under great pressure We hope to work with the Commission in the coming weeks to bring forward workable proposals to address this 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/06/08/eu-superlevy-estimate-bill-climbs-to-almost-e870-million-for-201415/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Skillnet Courses and News | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    12 th June where over 100 participants in from 18 different co operatives will be presented with their formal qualifications across a number of training programmes The qualifications are in recognition of their efforts and successful completion of the respective programmes attended and are QQI Accredited QQI is the Quality and Qualifications Authority in Ireland and the qualifications for participants are recognised across the national framework of qualifications Well Done to All those participants who have achieved their Qualifications Supporting Job Creation and Employability in the Co operative Sector ICOS Skillnet recently ran a Foot in the Door event in conjunction with employers from the co operative sector which is aimed at helping unemployed persons to enhance their chances of gaining employment within Industry and across a range of sectors in Ireland The event ran in Kilkenny and was another huge success We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the employers involved in the event and also our trainers involved in making the event such a success More of these events are scheduled to run over the coming months across the country If you are interested in getting involved please contact either Billy Goodburn 087 1265542 or Breeda Flood on 01 6131348 Diploma in Corporate Direction Food Business Start dates deferred until September 2015 ICOS Skillnet has partnered with University College Cork to bring the industry this diploma course which will now be commencing in September 2015 The Diploma in Corporate Direction Food Business is a Management Development Programme for co operative board members and senior management This innovative programme is designed to address the special needs of co operative board members and senior management in a rapidly changing agri business environment The key aim of the programme is to improve the capabilities of directors and senior management in positively influencing the strategic direction and corporate governance of food companies in Ireland Participants will build on existing skills and develop new management capabilities in a highly interactive learning environment stimulated by academics and industry practitioners New dates will be finalised soon and will be sent out to all key stakeholders in the coming weeks There still a few places remaining so it is not too late to book To book your place or places for some of your board members or if you just need more information please contact Breeda Flood or Billy Goodburn on 01 6131348 The ICOS Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme an initiative of Skillnets Ltd funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education Skills 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/06/08/icos-skillnet-courses-and-news/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Footage from the AEMB Conference 2015 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 a co op Co op

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/05/27/footage-from-the-aemb-conference-2015/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Access to land one of the greatest obstacles to dairy expansion – ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of farm families The rental market is dominated by short term or conacre arrangements with 1M hectares of land rented in this manner on an annual basis Practical and effective agri taxation measures are crucial to support the expansion of the Irish dairy sector in the years ahead We need to build on the measures contained in Budget 2015 relating to long term leasing which has a number of practical benefits over the conacre system and needs to be promoted and endorsed by all stakeholders Family partnerships share farming and share milking are additional options which require careful examination due to their potential to promote land mobility and succession planning Mr Long concluded On the other hand the age profile of Irish farmers is increasing with only 6 2 of farmers under 35 while more than 25 are aged over 65 years of age On a worrying note 50 of farmers over 50 years have yet to identify a farm successor It is absolutely essential that farmers are provided with adequate information and advice on succession inheritance and retirement planning 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 14 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/05/19/access-to-land-one-of-the-greatest-obstacles-to-dairy-expansion-icos/ (2016-02-10)
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  • No End in Sight for Russian Ban – Still a Major Drag on Dairy Prices | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    noted that the collapse of the value of the rouble over the past year would have meant that Russian buying powder of EU dairy product would have been severely constrained anyway In terms of a diplomatic solution to the dispute no good news was had with relations remaining very frosty and not helped by the Russians attempting to go around the EU negotiators by discussing bilaterally with Greece Hungary and Cyprus in an attempt to break the EU trading bloc s solidarity The Commission stated that they would not accept a Salami tactic of divide and conquer by the Russians Diplomatic relations are ongoing but at present they are limited to an exchange of letters ICOS is pushing the Commission to be more proactive on the matter as dairy in particular is suffering in what is really a geopolitical game that has nothing to do with our industry By Conor Mulvihill 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/05/13/no-end-in-sight-for-russian-ban-still-a-major-drag-on-dairy-prices/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Continued Weakness Through Peak | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    values those prices suggest a further 2 3c l drop in the past month Meanwhile peak capacity issues are resulting in extraordinarily cheap distressed milk across Europe with anecdotes of milk at 10c and even 6p per litre in the UK The European Milk Market Observatory is reporting spot milk at 18c per kg in the Netherlands The Ornua PP Index dropped again for April slipping back to 98 9 from 100 in March reflecting weaker butter and SMP returns That index level is suggestive of a milk price of close to 30c It seems to be a strong vindication of the Irish industry s investment strategy of late that the PPI reflective as it is of the wide basket of Ireland s dairy offering that it can generate returns well above the traditional commodity butter and SMP markets The continued weakness in the GDT auction with a further 3 5 fall last week combined with an anticipated pay out of 4 50 is very worrying for Kiwi farmers That payout level is the lowest in recent history with 4 75 having been achieved in 2008 09 There had been pay outs of below 4 in the 2002 2006 period but farmers have expanded and become much more highly indebted since then By TJ Flanagan 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/05/13/continued-weakness-through-peak/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Our Dairy Industry – We Need to Value What We Have | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    as being low tech dependent on intervention markets for basic commodities and paying poor milk prices Look where we are today Irish co ops including Ornua have invested heavily and wisely in value added products and routes to market to such an extent that the milk price being paid this spring is significantly ahead of our major European competitors Even Friesland Campina one of the most advanced dairy companies in the continent will be paying a May milk price equivalent to 26 5c per litre at 3 6 fat and 3 3 protein UK and French farmers have been told that their processors don t want any more milk They are being offered A B and even C contracts with the no real possibility for expansion The message that Irish farmers are getting from their co ops is clear we ll take all the milk you can produce at prices that are increasingly amongst the highest in Europe Not only that but the commitment of Irish Co ops to their members could really be seen two years ago when we had the fodder crisis and co ops put huge effort into hauling fodder from Europe Is there a lesson in this Maybe it s that we should appreciate the structure we have and strengthen our co ops further by participating in their structures and actively trading with them Our dairy industry and the opportunity it is affording to farmers has very quickly become the envy of Europe We should give it the credit it deserves By TJ Flanagan 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2015/05/13/our-dairy-industry-we-need-to-value-what-we-have/ (2016-02-10)
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