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ICMSA launch Election Guide to farming issues and identify relentless pressure on income and “constant attacks” from “most aggressive and arrogant elements of environmental movement” as the two key elements


ICMSA have stated that they intend having a copy of their ‘ICMSA Guide to General Election 2020’ on its way to every candidate standing in a rural constituency and association officer within days. ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, met Leo Varadkar in Adare last night, handed over a copy of the…

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ICMSA say food debate has been “taken hostage by hype”


The President of ICMSA has said that what should be a considered and scientific debate about diet and environmental sustainability has effectively been taken hostage by the hype around campaigns aimed at switching consumers from red meat and dairy-based diets to synthetic substitutes of often doubtful nutritional value and origins.…

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ICMSA says First Quarter of 2020 should bring “series” of milk price rises


ICMSA Dairy Chairperson, Ger Quain, said that early indicators of dairy markets in 2020 make for positive reading and he said that the association anticipates a series of milk price rises as the market works through the data and moves forward. Mr. Quain cited the recently published European Union Agricultural…

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Minister Creed must intervene on increased Fallen Animal Collection Charges


ICMSA has called on the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine to immediately intervene and resolve the dispute between the Department and fallen animal collectors which their Deputy President, Lorcan McCabe, says is leading to considerably increased charges for farmers removing deceased animals in the last number of months.…

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ICMSA Christmas Greetings to our Members


                                                                                     To all ICMSA Members. Wishing you a Safe Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to you and your family. Best Wishes from all at ICMSA. Pat McCormack President ICMSA

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Support Scheme For Calf Rearing Welcomed But ICMSA Want Dairy Beef Production Incentive


Commenting on the announcement of a €1.5m support scheme for calf rearing designed to cover a 40% grant for computerised calf feeders, milk carts and calf pen dividers amongst other items, ICMSA President Pat McCormack welcomed the scheme but maintained that the scheme should be ‘demand-led’ with a fast-track approval…

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ICMSA Issue ‘Reminder’ For 31 December Nitrates Reporting Deadline


Cross-Compliance fines related to farmers exceeding the 170kgs of N/hectare nitrates limit or the 250kgs of N/hectare limit in the case of derogation farms are quite common and to reduce farmers’ exposure to such penalties in 2019, it is essential that farmers inform the Department by 31 December 2017 of…

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Decision of HPRA on Antiparasitic Veterinary Medicines “A Retrograde Step” say ICMSA.


Commenting on the decision of the HPRA to introduce a requirement that from January 2022 all antiparasitic veterinary medicine products will require a veterinary prescription, ICMSA’s Deputy President, Lorcan McCabe, described the decision as a retrograde step that will add yet another layer of bureauracy and cost for farmers treating…

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ICMSA acknowledge milk price rise but say figures & market data prove that Irish prices have “ground to make up”


  Acknowledging the 1cpl price rise increase from Kerry and Glanbia Ireland for November milk supplies, ICMSA Dairy Chairperson, Ger Quain, described it as very welcome and a starting point for the further rises required to “make up the ground” and bring Irish milk price into some kind of parity…

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ICMSA say ‘drill-down’ into EPA Report shows progress made


The GHG inventories issued by EPA highlight a rise in emissions for the agriculture but they also show obvious changes that are occurring at farm level.   “The devil – and the progress made- is in the detail and it’s necessary to ‘drill-down’ to see the areas where progress is…

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