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  • Meeting of ICOS Dairy Co-op Chairmen with Minister Coveney | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Minister committed to explore and develop additional optional risk management tools possibly based on futures These would give farmers the option of locking in at least a proportion of their milk at reasonable price levels to protect from market volatility ICOS President Bertie O Leary said It is inevitable that uncertainty about potential supply increases will result in increased volatility risks at least in the short term As milk suppliers plan to expand their business and expose themselves to higher debt levels ICOS will explore all possible instruments to help farmers and their co operatives to manage volatility in a manner that gives them the option of reducing their exposure to unpredictable markets Mr O Leary said that Europe is significantly behind the United States in the development and use of market tools to manage price volatility Useful initiatives have already been taken by some of our co operatives in the area of fixed price schemes however more work needs to be done on a collaborative basis to identify and develop appropriate income stabilising tools for farmers Tools need to be designed that will give farmers confidence in their reliability and transparency That will be essential for maximum uptake and impact he said 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/10/04/meeting-of-icos-dairy-co-op-chairmen-with-minister-coveney/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS are looking for a Co-operative Development Executive……. | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    op rural development policy within ICOS To assist in general policy development in other co op sectors To develop a good knowledge of co operative law and governance To be based in Dublin and travel from time to time to all parts of the country You should Be a graduate in a relevant discipline Have at least three years post qualification experience Have very good communication and computer skills Have a good knowledge of agriculture rural and public policy Have some familiarity with co ops and preferably have an agricultural background Have a strong business and commercial focus A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered Closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 th October 2013 Candidates should apply via e mail in strict confidence and attaching a curriculum vitae CV covering letter and salary details to info icos ie Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Ltd 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/10/04/icos-are-looking-for-a-co-operative-development-executive/ (2016-02-10)
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  • MINISTER MEETS DAIRY CO-OPS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/10/03/minister-meets-dairy-co-ops/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Welcomes Rejection of Milk Supply Controls by Independent E&Y Report | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    sector to work to develop support tools to protect dairy farming incomes Neither farmers nor their co ops can absorb the milk price volatility which looks likely in the future EU market tools need to be strengthened and new innovative financial measures perhaps based on futures markets need to be developed The first step in the development of these mechanisms will be to introduce transparent and objective milk pricing tools ICOS has worked hard to develop such just such an approach and will continue to do so ICOS and a coalition of co operative and farming organisations in 13 European dairy producing countries are opposed to suggestions for discretionary milk supply controls following quota abolition in 2015 That had been originally suggested by French MEP Michel Dantin ICOS and its coalition of organisations are demanding that any such proposals should be unequivocally ruled out by the EU Last week a delegation of senior German dairy sector interests including the German Farmers Association signed a joint declaration in Dublin supporting the ICOS campaign 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/09/24/1554/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS comments on recent Irish Times’ coverage of Milk Quota and Liquid Milk | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    a growing market sector and as with any other market segment the consumer is free to choose between offerings But the fact is that co ops don t control selling prices for milk retailers do Co ops who are in the consumer milk business have invested heavily in developing their brands innovations in packaging enhanced nutritional benefits and in certified quality systems This creates choice and value for the consumer and supports investment and jobs in rural areas It also adds cost to their production process It was accepted on the basis of National Milk Agency statistics that the farmer receives only about 33 of the final retail price However we also know from published accounts that dairy co operatives struggle to deliver a profit margin of 1 3 from their operations That suggests strongly as asserted recently by the IFA that retailers enjoy substantial margins and there is a lack of competition in the retail sector As regards price differentials between own brand and branded milk own brand milk is cheaper It is packed often by co ops or other processors at the behest of the multiples It is a basic product which makes no contribution to investment to innovation or to the quality systems operated by the co ops who have no influence over the price at which it is offered In relation to a further point raised in the Irish Times suggesting that farmers accept a poorer milk price in return for a dividend or share value growth the principle objective of dairy co operatives is to ensure that their members receive the highest milk price that the market can return The issue of dividend or share value appreciation is not a factor in most dairy co ops as shares have a nominal value normally 1 and are redeemed at par on retirement It is also a fact that milk supply from Northern Ireland has increased by 51 or 671 million litres since 1993 due to the transfer of unused milk quota into Northern Ireland from Britain Over 70 of this increase has been exported into the Republic for processing and for liquid consumer milk More than a quarter of total liquid milk consumption in the Republic is now milk produced in Northern Ireland over 150 million litres annually In the Republic farmers are constrained to produce milk within the national quota of just over 5 billion litres about 10 of which is used for liquid consumer milk If southern farmers produce over the quota then they must and do pay an EU superlevy fine of 28c for every litre that they produce over their individual quota The Irish Times was right in one respect There are challenges in the liquid milk market The problem however does not lie with the margins being retained by either the farmer or the co op 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/09/24/icos-comments-on-recent-irish-times-coverage-of-milk-quota-and-liquid-milk/ (2016-02-10)
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  • German and Irish Dairy Industry declare United Front against any suggestion of Milk Supply Management Post-Quota | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 be formulated to help farmers to market their products successfully 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 13 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas In total there are some 1 000 co ops in Ireland and the largest 100 organisations employ approximately 40 000 people 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/09/16/german-and-irish-dairy-industry-declare-united-front-against-any-suggestion-of-milk-supply-management-post-quota/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS DairyDigest – September 2013 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2013/09/11/icos-dairydigest-september-2013/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS DairyDigest – August 2013 | 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/2013/08/14/icos-dairydigest-august-2013/ (2016-02-10)
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