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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    30 years this farmer has purchased his cattle from marts all across the West of Ireland and always killed them in Northern meat plants He now has been effectively told he cannot get these animals slaughtered in the Northern meat plants unless he takes a 150 discount as they were born in the south of Ireland This farmer now cannot export these animals back to the southern meat plants as his herd has a movement restriction placed on his herd due to TB regulations closed slaughter only herd This policy if retained will leave this farmer and many others facing financial ruin Typically these Northern farmers purchased these cattle from the livestock marts in Balla Ballymote Mohill Roscommon Elphin Castlerea Ballinasloe Athenry Ballyjamesduff Ennis Birr Nenagh and Roscrea representing a significant amount of trade for these marts but more importantly the local farmers in these areas Apart from the obvious benefits of having an additional buyer around the ringside the Northern buyer effect lifts the entire livestock trade the days these buyers are present as competition for stock heats up This benefits everyone in the livestock industry and ensures a fair and open price A founding principle of the European Union was to ensure free trade between member states by the removal of barriers to trade The Ireland UK beef trade is now seeing an effective re introduction of national barriers to trade Inaction in this area by the EU and our national government is resulting in the large retailers and Irish owned meat factories exercising undue control over the price of beef ICOS has raised these barriers to the free trade of live cattle on numerous occasions at National and EU level only to be informed that the EU requirement on the meat labelling regulation was to blame This assertion is not accurate as the retailers can easily label beef meat to comply with these regulations when it suits them ICOS has been informed that the retailers themselves have conducted market research into the purchasing habits of consumers in the United Kingdom and no adverse purchasing habits were demonstrated when the label clearly illustrated the country of birth finishing and slaughter of animals The BSE crisis during the mid 1990 s was the impetus for the introduction of regulation 1760 2000 which laid down that compulsory beef labelling be in place before the 1 st of January 2002 There is now an urgent need on the part of national government and the EU to review all of the terms and conditions of trade relating to both beef exports and live exports of livestock to the UK with a view to ensuring greater transparency and freer competition Irish farmers are entitled to get the full value of their stock and not be exploited by questionable market restrictions introduced by meat factories with the support of the large retailers On a recent visit to England on this issue ICOS has gathered evidence that Irish beef and British beef is being sold at the same price per kilo in Tesco stores We photographed 2 identical cuts of brisket beef pictures attached one labelled Irish and the other British both prices were the same at 8 00 per kilo but the Irish farmer had received between 15 and 20 less per kilo for his beef This equates to almost 200 difference per head Where did the extra margin go as the UK housewife was not getting any discount for Irish beef over and above British beef In Britain over 45 of beef is sold through smaller abattoirs and food service outlets that supply restaurants etc and these retailers are solely concerned with price and quality One would think therefore that these outlets would be a real opportunity for Irish born British finished cattle Unfortunately not so as these smaller food service abattoirs while independent rely on some of the bigger Irish owned meat renderers to purchase their offal Some of these small abattoir owners have indicated to ICOS that these same Irish owned renderers would mysteriously be unable to collect their offal if they killed quantities of Irish born cattle but would have no capacity problems when they were not killing Irish born cattle We then met with a number of large UK farmers to discuss potential purchases of Irish cattle in their feedlots These were farmers who traditionally have purchased and fattened Irish sourced stock They indicated to ICOS that no Irish owned factory in England will kill Irish born cattle These farmers had in the past bought thousands of Irish cattle and fattened them in feedlots but now having had so much difficulty getting them killed that these farmers were being effectively forced to cease trading in cattle from Ireland ICOS would now call on this Committee to lend its immediate support to addressing the anomalies that have been highlighted in this presentation and ensure that whatever measures necessary are taken urgently to rectify what is a calamitous situation for farmers Ends ICOS SPELLMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN MARTS BODY Posted on 17 Feb 2014 Michael Spellman has been elected President of the European Association of Livestock Markets EALM which represents 14 national federations and over 600 livestock marts across Europe EALM marts are responsible for the sale of about 35 million cattle sheep pigs and horses annually Mr Spellman is currently in his second term of office as Chairman of the National Marts Committee of ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society Ltd He has served as Vice President of the European Association since 2012 From Kilteevan Co Roscommon he is a Board Member both of ICOS and of Roscommon Co operative Livestock Mart EALM promotes the role of livestock marts among EU and international policy makers and government authorities along with initiatives designed to promote the modernisation and development of the marts industry Ireland s livestock mart sector includes over 60 co operative mart centres across the country Over one million cattle are sold in Ireland every year in

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Michael Keane Glanbia Peter Fleming Johnny O Brien Seamus O Mahony Barryroe Co op with Hugo Maguire Town of Monaghan Seamus Murphy Liam Williams Pat Hannon Ger Crotty and Pat Burke Clare Marts John O Sullivan John Coffey Dermot O Leary and Donal Hurley Bandon Co op Bertie O Leary ICOS President John Bryan IFA President and Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Brendan Scanlon Progressive Genetics Paddy Wall UCD and Noel Cawley Teagasc Delegates and ICOS Staff at Registration Attendance at 37th ICOS National Conference 2013 Inputs Workshop Facilitator Seamus O Mahony Barryroe Co operative Inputs Workshop Speaker David Hickey RH Hall Mart Input Workshop Speaker Joe Burke Bord Bia Joe Burke Speaker Bord Bia and Michael Spellman Workshop Chairman Mart Workshop Dairy Sector Workshop Dairy Sector Workshop Speaker Bart Van Belleghem EUCOLAIT Martin Keane Workshop Chairman and Facilitator TJ Flanagan ICOS Conference Attendees Tim Kinsella MKC Communications and John Farrell Lakeland Dairies Conference Attendees Reflected Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Bertie O Leary ICOS President meet Minister Simon Coveney Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Bertie O Leary ICOS President and Minister Simon Coveney Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Minister Simon Coveney and Bertie O Leary ICOS President Minister Covenvy chats with ICOS CEO Seamus O Donohoe and ICOS President Bertie O Leary Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Bertie O Leary ICOS President Joe Burke Bord Bia Ake Hantoft Arla Matt Demspey Irish Farmers Journal Life Through a Lens Matt Dempsey Patrick Wall Associate Professor Joe Burke Meat Division Bord Bia David Hickey RH Hall Bart Van Belleghem M D EUCOLAIT Brussels Julie Sinnamon Enterprise Ireland Presentations from the 37th ICOS National Conference Posted on 26 Nov 2013 Follow the links below to the presentations from the 37th ICOS National Conference on Managing Risk in Co operative Businesses Patrick Wall UCD Bart Van Belleghem EUCOLAIT Joe Burke Bord Bia David Hickey RH Hall Julie Sinnamon Enterprise Ireland Ake Hantoft Arla Foods Matt Dempsey Irish Farmers Journal ICOS National Conference 25th November 2013 Book Now Posted on 1 Nov 2013 The conference fee is ICOS Members 100 per delegate Non members 140 per delegate For group bookings of five or more a discount of 10 applies To book a place at the Conference please complete the Booking Form Click Here and send with a cheque made payable to ICOS to Ciara Pelly ICOS The Plunkett House 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2 Telephone 01 6131347 or email ciara pelly icos ie Keynote ICOS National Conference will address Risk Management and Market Volatility for Co operative Businesses Posted on 1 Nov 2013 ICOS lines up top Irish and International speakers on issues of major economic importance Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney T D Matt Dempsey Chief Executive of The Agricultural Trust the Chairman of global dairy giant Arla Foods Ake Hantoft Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon UCD Public Health Professor Pat Wall and Food Harvest 2020 Chairman Dr Seán Brady will be among a top line up of senior Irish and international speakers who

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    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 ICOS DairyDigest September 2013 Posted on 11 Sep 2013 You can download the latest ICOS DairyDigest September 2013 here In this months ICOS DairyDigest UCC ICOS Diploma in Corporate Direction Food Business Market Update Brussels Bites News from around the World ICOS DairyDigest August 2013 Posted on 14 Aug 2013 You can download the latest ICOS DairyDigest August 2013 here In this months ICOS DairyDigest Botulism Scare Brussels Bites News from around the World ICOS STATEMENT ON PROPOSED CO OP LEGISLATION Posted on 26 Jul 2013 Proposed new legislation on co ops is a positive start There are some 1 000 co ops in Ireland The Bill though modest in its ambition is a welcome start to the long overdue process of ensuring that groups and communities have a choice as to the corporate model they wish to operate under Friday 26 th July 2013 ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society has welcomed legislation published by Minister Richard Bruton aimed at reducing red tape on co operatives The amendments in the area of industrial and provident societies are aimed at easing the regulatory burden on co operative societies and making examinership currently available only to companies accessible to co operative societies for the first time ever 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

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    In this months ICOS DairyDigest Sustainability QA We know we ve got it Now we have to prove it Dairy Market Updates News from Brussels ICOS Skillnet Update And much more ICOS AGM 2013 Marketing and finance the main challenge for Irish co ops ICOS CEO Posted on 29 May 2013 Marketing and finance the main challenge for Irish co ops ICOS CEO Risk management also key to minimise milk price volatility ICOS President PORTLAOISE Co Laois The challenges faced by the boards and membership of all our dairy co operatives is to maintain strategic control of their marketing channels for their members At the same time they must ensure their business is adequately financed and positioned in the marketplace to compete effectively and to take full advantage of the increased product range Irish co operatives will soon be marketing on global markets said ICOS CEO Seamus O Donohoe at the ICOS AGM in Portlaoise this morning Read More ICOS CEO welcomes the outcome of the Connacht Gold SGM Vote Posted on 10 May 2013 Media Release ICOS CEO welcomes the outcome of the C onnacht Gold SGM Vote Speaking at the conclusion of the Connacht Gold SGM ICOS CEO Seamus O Donohoe welcomed the unanimous vote taken by the shareholders of the Society on the proposal to rebrand the Society to AURIVO The Connacht Gold consumer food brand will remain End For more information Find ICOS on the web www icos ie and Twitter http twitter com ICOS BXL Media Information Seamus O Donohoe 087 2867349 or seamus odonohoe icos ie ICOS DairyDigest May 2013 Posted on 8 May 2013 You can download the latest ICOS Dairy Digest May 2013 here In this months ICOS DairyDigest Risk Management A New Meaning Dairy Market Updates News from Brussels ICOS Skillnet Update And much more ICOS Marts Chairman Calls for Fodder Subsidy Scheme to be extended to Livestock Marts Posted on 29 Apr 2013 Media Release ICOS Marts Chairman Calls for Fodder Subsidy Scheme to be extended to Livestock Marts Michael Spellman chairman of the ICOS Marts Committee has called on Minister Coveney to immediately extend the subsidised transport scheme for fodder to livestock marts Read More National Dairy Week takes place from 29th April 5th May 2013 Posted on 28 Apr 2013 SUPPORTING PASTURE BASED FARMER CO OPERATIVE OWNED DAIRY IN IRELAND Dairy Week a chance to recognise the value of the dairy sector as a source of healthy nutrition and as a valuable contribution to the local economy Read More ICOS CEO Welcomes the outcome of the Dairygold SGM Vote Posted on 11 Apr 2013 Media Release ICOS CEO Welcomes the outcome of the Dairygold SGM Vote Speaking at the conclusion of the Dairygold SGM ICOS CEO Seamus O Donohoe welcomed the outcome of the vote The Membership has overwhelmingly confirmed the trust they reside in their elected Board and in Executive Management Read More ICOS DairyDigest April 2013 Posted on 10 Apr 2013 You can download the latest

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    2013 News March 6th 2013 ICOS says Rapid or excessive Convergence of SFP will hurt Industry Growth Targets Download Word PDF here ICOS DairyDigest February 2013 Posted on 8 Feb 2013 ICOS DairyDigest February 2013 Milk Supply Agreements Protect Supplier s Interests Our March DairyDigest covers milk supply agreements Protecting supplier s interests our participation in a major rally to protect the EU Agricultural budget First Milk s call for investment from farmers others Download February DairyDigest here ICOS says Milk Supply Agreements protect Suppliers Interests Posted on 23 Jan 2013 Milk Supply Agreements will protect suppliers best interests in the future ICOS stated today Wednesday 23 rd January 2013 In a post quota environment where milk volumes are anticipated to expand rapidly it is in a milk supplier s interest to have as much certainty as possible that the volumes of milk he plans to produce will be assembled processed marketed and sold Read More ICOS DairyDigest January 2013 Posted on 16 Jan 2013 Time to Re Engage with our Co operatives Glanbia supplier David Murphy from Tallow Co Waterford has just completed a Nuffield Scholarship with a project entitled Dairy Cooperatives for the 21 st Century and he makes some strong recommendations for the Irish Dairy Sector based on almost 2 years of travel meetings interviews and investigations in Europe the Americas and Australasia Click on the link below for all the latest news ICOS DairyDigest January 2013 Winner of the Plunkett Award 2012 Announced Posted on 20 Dec 2012 IRISH CO OP MOVEMENT S MOST PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR AWARDED TO FORESTRY AND SOCCER STALWART RAY GALLAGHER Co operative promoter of Sligo Rovers and Western Forestry receives 2012 Plunkett Award DUBLIN 4 00 pm Thursday 20 th December 2012 The lifelong personal contribution to the business of co operation by Ray Gallagher a former ICOS development officer and promoter of co operation in forestry dairying and football has been recognised nationally by the Irish co operative movement with their highest honour the Plunkett Award for Co operative Endeavour Read More ICOS President Urges YES Vote in Glanbia Restructuring Proposal Posted on 5 Nov 2012 Press Statement on Glanbia Restructuring Proposals from President of ICOS Download statement here For actively trading farmers there is no substitute for being in a position to influence and control investment and management decisions in regard to their future processing and marketing requirements Bertie O Leary In a detailed statement below the President of the Irish co operative movement ICOS Irish Co operative Organisation Society Ltd Bertie O Leary today called on Glanbia Shareholders to vote YES to the proposed creation of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Read More Dunsany Declaration for Rural Co operative Development Posted on 16 Oct 2012 Download word doc of declaration The Dunsany Declaration For Rural Co operative Development Read More Older posts Newer posts 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

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    business planning template to encourage groups to establish new co operative enterprises throughout Ireland The guide was launched by the Agriculture Marine and Food Minister Simon Coveney T D marking the start of the UN International Year of Co operatives 2012 which is also being promoted inIreland by ICOS The Minister launched the co operative start up guide as he visited dairy processing co operative directors attending an ICOS Co operative Leadership training course in Charleville Co Cork Read More ICOS launches International Year of Co operatives in Ireland Posted on 9 Jan 2012 DOWNLOAD CO OPERATIVE ALLIANCE IRELAND YEARBOOK 2012 2012 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Co operatives which was today welcomed in Irelandby ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society Since the foundation of the Irish co operative movement by Sir Horace Plunkett in 1894 Ireland has developed a long and proud tradition of co operative enterprise said Pat McLoughlin President of ICOS Undoubtedly Ireland is a better place today for the leadership courage and endeavours of the early Irish co operators Today ICOS represents co operatives whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 12 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas In as much as 2012 offers us the opportunity to embrace a proud past as a sector we must also share and widely promote the key attributes that have contributed to the success of co operatives enterprises in Ireland Moreover we must grasp this occasion to further advance and strengthen the business of co operation for the future Read More Top Marks for Barryroe and Drinagh Graduates Posted on 22 Dec 2011 Participants in the ICOS Leadership Training Programme for current and future co operative board directors pictured with their parchments as newly qualified graduates of the UCC Diploma in Corporate Direction Food Business were Geoffrey Wycherley Barryroe Co op left and Jerry O Neill Drinagh Co op The programme organised by ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society is designed to inform and challenge agribusiness leaders as they make important decisions around the strategic direction of their own co operatives in the future Congratulating participants ICOS President Pat McLoughlin said It s imperative today more than ever before that our co op boards reflect the skills sets and qualifications necessary to drive developments in the ever changing and increasing globalised dairy industry The education and knowledge acquired by our graduates during their studies will have a beneficial impact on their leadership and contribution at board level while also contributing to the continuing success of the Irish dairy industry in the future Minister s astonishing comments criticised by ICOS Posted on 8 Dec 2011 Proposed milk levy is taxation by the back door McLoughlin The President of ICOS the umbrella body for all dairy processing co operatives nationwide has criticised comments made by the Minister for Agriculture Mr Simon Coveney T D

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  • News & Publications | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    12 billion by 2020 The dairy industry is one of Ireland s most important indigenous industries and comprises a vital part of the agri food sector In 2008 milk accounted for the second largest share of Ireland s gross agriculture output at 28 It is an export driven sector with 85 of dairy products exported representing 27 of all food and drink exports in 2008 The value of these exports was 2 3 billion in 2008 with the UK accounting for 32 and the rest of the EU accounting for 48 of these exports Read More Sheep EID is an opportunity for Ireland Posted on 29 Aug 2011 With growing price convergence in the marketplace it is imperative that the Irish sheep sector finds ways to differentiate its offering to consumers The full introduction of EID Electronic Identification for sheep provides just such an opportunity said Michael Spellman Chairman of the ICOS National Marts Committee Mr Spellman was speaking at the launch of an ICOS paper on the subject the first topic in a new MartProgress update from ICOS around co operative mart related matters MartProgress will be published at least twice a year covering key policy issues 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 Read More Dairygold s O Leary re elected at ICOS Posted on 2 Aug 2011 Dairygold Vice Chairman Bertie O Leary pictured on right was recently re elected Vice President of national co op body ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society Ltd He was also re elected as ICOS Dairy Committee Chairman where he immediately headed a delegation to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney T D with from 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 Drinagh man appointed to board of national co op group ICOS Posted on 29 Jul 2011 Mr Michael John O Donovan Skeagh Aughadown Skibbereen Co Cork centre has been appointed to represent Drinagh Co operative on the Board of ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation 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

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