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  • ICOS DairyDigest – June 2014 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 a

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/06/09/icos-dairydigest-june-2014/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Marts meet Tesco on Beef Rules | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    and must then go directly from the farm to a meat plant ICOS Marts Chairman Michael Spellman said Since the introduction of QPS we now have a situation where only 2 48 of factory fit animals are being traded in a mart Now with the 70 days residency stipulation forward store sales are also being affected ICOS believes that the measures in place are anti competitive They effectively prevent factory fit animals being traded in livestock marts which provide the only competition in Ireland to the meat factories The ICOS delegation noted that there is a growing appreciation on the part of Tesco that Ireland has a different beef production environment to the UK This is due to the small size of farms the structure of the livestock farming sector and the large suckler base in Ireland By contrast in the UK the size of beef farms is much larger Due to this larger scale it is easier to reduce movements and to adhere to a 70 day continuous final residency Tesco said it would enter into a further meeting with ICOS to discuss the 70 continuous day residency rule and its impact on livestock marts We explained to Tesco that as it currently stands the system they have in place is unnecessarily harsh for Irish livestock producers and that it goes far beyond the recognised Bord Bia Beef and Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme said Michael Spellman In Ireland it is common practice while adhering fully to all animal transfer and traceability regulations for an animal to be sold from farm to farm on several occasions as it moves from youth through fattening and onto slaughter This trade takes place primarily through the marts and there is full traceability under the Animal Identification and Movement AIM database managed by the Department of Agriculture AIM ensures total traceability of livestock including more than 4 movements It is best in class and one of the most sophisticated animal movement tracking systems in the world 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 ENDS Information Ray Doyle Livestock Environmental Services Executive ICOS Tel Direct 353 0 1 6131319 Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 086 813 7512 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/06/04/icos-marts-meet-tesco-on-beef-rules/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Must Ensure Agrifood Success will Benefit Everyone from Farm to Fork | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    5 higher For 2014 global indicators are pointing to an increase in worldwide supply of milk which will inevitably affect price from the middle of the second quarter onwards However combined with falling feed and fertiliser prices the outlook for dairying still provides grounds for optimism Milk prices could retain a good portion of the gains made in 2013 despite a pending super levy bill for the year forecast to be around 15m With a growing world population and continuing growth of about 2 per annum in demand for food Ireland is targeting a 50 increase in agrifood output by 2020 With the abolition of milk quotas producers are keen to expand their enterprises At a processing level some 500m has been spent on capacity and value added in the last few years The dairy sector is strongly focused on real markets The fat portion of production butter and cheese is largely targeted at strong EU markets Protein production is increasingly targeted towards infant formula ingredients and consumers in high growth developing countries Efficiency processing co operation and further industry collaboration must also form part of the equation where consolidation in Ireland is challenged by the more rapid consolidation of some global competitors including co operatives and firms The co operative marts are vibrant and thriving Ultimately their role is to improve price transparency in the cattle sector Marts do this through a live auction system that allows a certain volume of stock to be sold and exported live This provides farmers with a valuable transparent counter acting force to the dominance of a small number of privately owned beef processing factories That dominance is compounded by the application and interpretation of questionable movement and labelling restrictions for mart auctioned livestock implemented by processing factories and large UK retailers under the pretext of animal welfare and quality considerations These restrictions are resulting in the hampering of live cattle exports from Ireland to the UK with a consequent stifling of overall competition and a negative impact on the price of such cattle in livestock marts As we look positively to the future we need to ensure that the free market and Ireland s agrifood industry success will benefit everyone from farm to fork That is the agenda which ICOS is continuously pursuing Bertie O Leary is president of the Irish Co operative Organisation Society which had its AGM in Portlaoise Co Laois yesterday 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/05/27/must-ensure-agrifood-success-will-benefit-everyone-from-farm-to-fork/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Agrifood Co-ops to Highlight Employment Opportunities with new ‘Foot in the Door’ events for Job Seekers | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    food of high quality The industry will need motivated people with a range of skills and qualities This is a great opportunity for economic benefits most particularly for job seekers in rural areas which are the heartland of Irish agrifood production Billy Goodburn ICOS Skillnets Manager said The future growth and expansion of the Irish agrifood industry requires additional human resources In particular the dairy sector has considerable potential given the industry expansion agenda that exists around the removal of milk quotas next year Our initiatives ties in with growth plans for the agrifood industry and the Government s Action Plan for Jobs The events are free of charge to job seekers in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance Job Seekers Benefits and other kinds of allowances provided that they are registered with their local DSP offices and are not on a CE Scheme or other Jobs bridge type of initiative 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 The agri food sector in Ireland contributes a value of 24 billion to the national economy generates almost 10 of Ireland s exports and provides 7 7 of national employment When employment in inputs processing and marketing is included the agrifood sector accounts for almost 10 of employment Foot in the Door Events ICOS Skillnet will be running events nationally in conjunction with employers from the Co Operative Sector aimed at helping unemployed persons to enhance their chances of gaining employment in the co Op sector in Ireland The Events comprise 2 x introductory training sessions that will enhance your skills base An opportunity to meet with prospective employers An opportunity to access FREE Training Courses relevant to the skills requirements by employers not only in the co op sector but across all industries An opportunity to network and make new contacts Events will run from 09 00 13 00 at various locations across the country to include Mallow Clonakilty Sligo Dublin Tipperary and Galway Types of introductory training sessions being covered will include but are not limited to Retail Customer Service You are the Difference Interview Preparation Skills Career Development Basic Security Awareness Loss Prevention Communications Retail Skills Merchandising Understanding Health Safety Basic Fire Awareness Emotional Intelligence Presentation Skills Personal Effectiveness Top 10 things you need to know about Microsoft Office Systems For Eligibility Criteria please visit http www icos ie skillnet information for the unemployed Advance registration is essential To register to attend candidates should please contact Breeda Flood or Billy Goodburn on 01 613 1348 or on email billy goodburn icos ie 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/05/20/agrifood-co-ops-to-highlight-employment-opportunities-with-new-foot-in-the-door-events-for-job-seekers/ (2016-02-10)
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  • 2013 ICOS Annual Report – Now Available | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 a co op Co

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/05/19/icos-annual-report-2013/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Local and European Elections 2014 – Your Guide to What it Means for You and Your Co-op | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/05/13/local-and-european-elections-2014-your-guide-to-what-it-means-for-you-and-your-co-op/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS DairyDigest – May 2014 | 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/05/09/icos-dairydigest-may-2014/ (2016-02-10)
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  • EU DG Competition hears Allegations of Market Subversion by Irish Meat Plants | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    it is common practice while adhering fully to all animal transfer and traceability regulations for an animal to be sold from farm to farm as it moves from youth through fattening and onto slaughter They are seeking to circumvent the marts system which enables free trade between farmers and a true reflection of the value of livestock Frequent livestock transfers are a well understood characteristic of the Irish farm sector because many smaller farms are not able to take cattle through the full process from birth to slaughter They sell them on to the next appropriate farm with full traceability The livestock marts are the conduit for this live trade between individual farms This benefits everyone in the livestock industry and it ensures a fair and open price Blocking Live Trade with Britain Last month ICOS also stated that no Irish owned factory in Britain will kill Irish born cattle which has effectively cut off live trade from Irish marts into Britain Additionally smaller abattoirs and food service operators who supply over 45 of beef in Britain find it impossible to have their offal processed by Irish owned UK factories if the live cattle processed in their abattoir has come from Ireland The Big 4 Irish meat processors ABP Dunbia Dawn and Kepak now account for 65 of the total Irish cattle kill and approximately 45 of the UK kill This caters for probably 80 90 of the total killed for export destined to UK multiple retailers In its submission the Northern Ireland Livestock Auctioneers Association said This situation is clearly anti competitive and a blatant attempt by NI abattoirs to control the fat cattle market by taking out their only competition the live market The marts therefore believe that either British supermarkets or NI abattoirs individually or together want to influence and dominate the trading system They have been unable to eliminate livestock markets the last bastion of genuine competition in the beef market All beef currently supplied to supermarkets comes from FQA Herds NI Beef Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme which ensures strict compliance with a comprehensive range of welfare and quality regulations Most marts are also quality assured under the NIFCC Northern Ireland Food Chain Certification Scheme These schemes operate to the highest industry standards and it is superfluous to require additional measures Reports suggest however that abattoirs have had audits from supermarkets which have resulted in findings of improper practices including the horsemeat scandal etc As a result abattoirs say they are attempting to exert control over the supply chain by applying fines to cattle which do not meet specification The submission by the Northern Ireland Livestock Auctioneers Association went on to say The marts contend that no one in the past 12 months has brought the beef industry into more disrepute than abattoirs and British Supermarkets through selling horse meat yet these are the people who are dictating terms to those in the food chain whose hands are clean Ends Notes Ireland has over 6

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/04/09/eu-dg-competition-hears-allegations-of-market-subversion-by-irish-meat-plants/ (2016-02-10)
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