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  • Minister’s ‘astonishing’ comments criticised by ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    dairy industry produces 97 of the entire Irish milk pool and the majority of Irish exported consumer dairy product is sold through the Irish Dairy Board It is wholly inappropriate that the Minister for Agriculture should create any impression otherwise as he now promotes taxation by the back door in the form of a proposed new milk levy to fund a semi State entity There is a strong need for the dairy industry to concentrate its collaborative efforts on the combined fronts of market and supply chain integration It is also imperative that the dairy industry and its co operative members demonstrate confidence and focus globally for the future Irish dairy co operatives were formed by Irish dairy farmers they are governed by Irish dairy farmers and their collective destiny and responsibilities needs to steered by Irish dairy farmers over the coming years Having a Government minister intervene at this time to divert both co operative member funds and efforts into a semi State organisation undermines the credibility cohesion and capability that the industry is trying to build on a global stage The Irish Dairy Board has an international dairy brand which is Kerrygold It markets promotes sells and distributes Irish dairy products on behalf of the majority of all Irish co operative dairy processors and their member dairy farmers and is active in over 80 countries worldwide Dairy farmers already support this channel to market with a levy that is paid through their co operatives said McLoughlin The Irish dairy industry does not need a duplication of generalised promotional expenses which the Minister is proposing The greater priority for the Irish dairy industry must be for monies levied from farmer members of Irish dairy processing co operatives to be channeled towards projects which have specific commercial goals including market led research innovation and new product development Years ago when successive Irish governments were lobbying Europe seeking greater levels of Intervention the Irish Dairy Board working on behalf of Irish dairy co operatives went out and developed new markets This is still the case today ICOS has seen a resurgence of the strong desire by dairy farmers to control their own destiny to re invigorate the co operative processing sector and to take leadership of the industry This is witnessed in the high take up of director training and leadership courses Creating duplication of marketing effort by the industry and funding this with a new levy does not form part of this perspective said McLoughlin ICOS is writing to the Minister seeking a meeting on these matters ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents 130 co operative businesses and organisations in Ireland including the dairy processing co operatives and the co operative livestock marts nationwide with some 150 000 individual members 12 000 employees in Ireland a further 24 000 abroad and combined turnover of 12 billion Irish agricultural exports contribute over 7 billion to the Irish economy each year and the sector accounts for 8 of national employment

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/12/08/ministers-astonishing-comments-criticised-by-icos/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS launches Dairy Co-operative Directors Programme | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Jagoe said It is essential for young farmers to take an active part in the future direction of their co operatives This course will equip young dynamic dairy farmers with the skills and knowledge which will contribute to the future success of the Irish dairy industry Mr Jagoe said it is important to build on this positive partnership with ICOS which will deliver an invaluable education and training for Macra members and future industry leaders Faced with major challenges in the required gearing up of the Irish dairy sector to meet the expansion targets of Food Harvest 2020 the co operative sector needs directors and leaders who are knowledgeable and proficient in corporate governance leadership and strategy said ICOS President Pat McLoughlin The provision of leadership training by ICOS is designed to ensure that co operatives will retain their competitiveness for the future based on strong business management principles Pat McLoughlin also warmly acknowledged the support of FBD as a sponsor of the Co operative Leadership Programme Everyone associated with Irish agriculture knows that there is strong growth potential for the future and it is important for influential organisations to underpin this possibility by also supporting growth in knowledge and expertise within the industry FBD is to the forefront in assisting this process through its sponsorship of the ICOS Co operative Director and Leadership programmes ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents 130 co operative businesses and organisations in Ireland including the dairy processing co operatives and the co operative livestock marts nationwide with some 150 000 individual members 12 000 employees in Ireland a further 24 000 abroad and combined turnover of 12 billion Irish agricultural exports contribute over 7 billion to the Irish economy each year and the sector accounts for 8 of national employment Archive Recent

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/12/05/icos-launches-dairy-co-operative-directors-programme/ (2016-02-10)
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  • CAP must promote co-operative enterprise to create competitiveness | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    that co operatives remain the most effective socially responsible and sustainable form of producer organisation and that they must be encouraged and protected by the new CAP ICOS warned that the current CAP communication is not addressing this requirement Market Measures ICOS welcomes the fact that market supports such as public intervention private storage and export refunds have been retained in the CAP proposals It is critical that a floor is retained by the CAP to give co operatives and their members some protection during economic catastrophes that are not of their making such as the 2008 price collapse in dairy markets The proposed separate 3 9 billion fund for market crises is also welcome However it must be ensured that the mechanisms to react during a severe market disturbance are properly formulated to be quick decisive and effective Young Farmers ICOS said it warmly welcomes the initiative to set aside 2 of the new CAP for young farmers In Ireland figures show only 7 of the Irish farming population is under 35 If expectations and growth targets for co operative industries are to be met all means must be pursued to encourage new farming talent into the industry Best practice also has to be a priority stated ICOS The new CAP should look into the possibility of funding training for young co operative farmer members in key skills such as good governance and finance Direct Payments Greening The Commission has indicated a major shift towards a flat rate regional system from 2014 with a transition period running up to 2019 ICOS is calling for A detailed analysis to be carried out to clarify the exact impact on farmers Extra flexibility for each Member State A longer transition period to implement the new regime While the environmental responsibilities and challenges faced by co operatives must be acknowledged ICOS told Commissioner Ciolos that the greening elements of the current draft will both create distortions in the single market and will reduce our competitiveness in the world market ICOS also argues that a sustainability linked direct payment should not only take into account environmental concerns but also the contribution to social cohesion in rural areas that the co operative model provides ICOS is convinced that current measures will add a significant extra layer of cross compliance and that this will impact Irish competitiveness globally This has to be avoided at all costs Innovation Funding Competitiveness productivity are going to be key requirements if Irish and European co operative industries are going to create opportunities from the challenge of being involved in feeding 9 billion people by 2050 Innovation within our industries is going to be at the forefront of this process To this end ICOS welcomed the separate 5 1 billion fund dedicated to agricultural research and innovation is welcome ICOS noted that traditionally this type of funding has been dominated by academic bodies and big industries that have the scale and expertise to deliver complex applications It is imperative that access

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/11/29/cap-must-promote-co-operative-enterprise-to-create-competitiveness/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS to show EID sheep handling systems at Ennis Mart Open Day (28 November 2011) | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    an attractive low cost option for some marts where waste water is filtered naturally using gravity flow and vegetation It can be much more cost effective than expensive centrifugal and chemical type systems for effluent treatment There will also be a working demonstration of a novel new method of electronic bidding for livestock This system is in operation in several regions of Eastern France The auction process remains a transparent method of buying and selling cattle and sheep but bidders remain completely anonymous to all except the auctioneer using a system of electronic bidding buttons that are provided at the start of the sale The ICOS Marts Committee would like to see the full introduction of EID for all sheep movements while continuing to implement the slaughter derogation for all lambs under 12 months of age where these lambs are moving directly to slaughter from the farm of origin to the market factory This would translate into all sheep except lambs under 12 months to be EID tagged on leaving their holdings of origin ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents 130 co operative businesses and organisations in Ireland including the co operative livestock marts nationwide 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 For further information please contact Ray Doyle ICOS Marts Committee Secretary 087 288 3499 ray doyle icos ie Tim Kinsella 086 813 7512 tim mkc ie 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/11/15/icos-to-show-eid-sheep-handling-systems-at-ennis-mart-open-day/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS National Conference puts dairy expansion under the spotlight | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Dempsey Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries Food Brendan Smith T D addressed delegates in the evening It is a given that milk quotas will have disappeared after 2015 and there will need to be some common mechanism which co ops will use to regulate milk supply and to generate revenue for the expansion of processing capacity Over the past year ICOS has been communicating with its members to seek to develop a common approach to dealing with expanding milk suppliers and new entrants to ensure that the interests of member are protected while avoiding the imposition of unnecessary barriers to new entrants While the industry wants and needs to attract new entrants to sustain and increase production we must address the fact that commodity milk processing has been loss making over recent years and that the industry does not have sufficient capital to fund a dramatic expansion in capacity European and International competitor co ops all require a significant capital contribution from member suppliers to fund the facilities and the innovation required to profitably process and market their milk It is important that farmers who are planning an increase in milk supply be aware that they will need to budget for such a contribution In parallel ICOS has proposed that the time is now right to re establish the link between milk supply and co op shareholding Largely due to the imposition of milk quotas co ops developed other areas of agribusiness and with it shareholding by non milk suppliers As a result the link between milk supply and shareholding was weakened This could result in milk supplier members losing control of their processing asset It is important now to re establish the supply shareholding link to strengthen the position of active milk suppliers and to ensure that members provide funding to the business relative to their use of the facilities ICOS has proposed establishing a Share Standard or a minimum shareholding by all members relative to their supply and that for those members who wish to dramatically expand their supply or for new entrants where plant capacity has to be increased those members should make a significant contribution to the cost of the necessary expansion ICOS has suggested that where new facilities have to be developed the cost of those facilities could be of the order of 30c per litre of annual capacity Given the high cost of the provision of processing facilities and the fact that Ireland s highly seasonal milk supply results in facilities which only operate at 60 of annual installed capacity the industry both co ops and farmers need to seek the optimum balance between grass driven production efficiency and optimising the use of expensive plant In seeking to allocate rights to members to access processing facilities it is important to incentivise members to flatten their supply curve This could be done through differential pricing with a small levy on peak milk being used to provide a premium for

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/10/21/icos-national-conference-puts-dairy-expansion-under-the-spotlight/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Sheep EID is an opportunity for Ireland | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    of course some complexities involved in any new system but Irish sheep farmers are among the very best in the world and Ireland has already adopted a one tag for life approach for movement traceability The adoption of full EID will enhance flock management where it will allow for more efficient animal recording and more streamlined sale and movement between farms marts and processors More importantly it will ensure differentiation competitiveness and consumer appeal for our sheep meat exports on international markets where traceability and quality must be continually assured Now more than ever the Irish sheep meat industry must put its best foot forward and lead rather than follow the sector worldwide This will demonstrate the uniqueness of our meat offer and it will signal further that our supply chain assurance systems are unrivalled in the marketplace For this reason ICOS is calling on the industry and the Department of Agriculture to embrace a fuller EID system within the sheep sector Mr Spellman concluded ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents 130 co operative businesses and organisations in Ireland including the co operative livestock marts nationwide 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 For further information please contact Tim Kinsella 086 813 7512 tim mkc ie For press releases media kits and more visit the ICOS website at www icos ie 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/08/29/sheep-eid-is-an-opportunity-for-ireland/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Dairygold’s O’Leary re-elected at ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    left ICOS Dairy Policy Executive T J Flanagan ICOS President Pat McLoughlin and Tom O Callaghan Chief Executive The delegation briefed the Minister on the ICOS Dairy Industry Review process which has highlighted the amount of collaboration and co operation currently taking place between processors as well as highlighting the key areas of competitiveness that need to be addressed For further information please contact T im Kinsella 086 813 7512 tim mkc ie For press releases media kits and more visit the ICOS website at www icos ie 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 Leisure

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2011/08/02/dairygolds-oleary-re-elected-at-icos/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Drinagh man appointed to board of national co-op group ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Society Ltd He is pictured with left to right ICOS Vice President and Dairy Committee Chairman Bertie O Leary Tom O Callaghan Chief Executive Officer of ICOS Dairy Policy Executive T J Flanagan and ICOS President Pat McLoughlin For further information please contact Tim Kinsella 086 813 7512 tim mkc ie For press releases media kits and more visit the ICOS website at www icos ie 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 Leisure Services we provide Starting a Co op Introduction What is a co op Co op principles Registering a co op Start a

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