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ICMSA critical of “derisory” funding of Dairy Beef Scheme and ask for real support.


While acknowledging the announcement of the new Dairy Beef Scheme, the President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, said that any reasonable analysis of the funding allocated could conclude that the €6.5m per year allocated is derisory set against data showing that the sector that is delivering over €1.7 billion in exports…

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ICMSA say “exceptionally long and wet winter” will require a 2024 Fodder Support Scheme across all sectors.


With cattle housed in many parts of the country since last September and in most areas since early October, ICMSA has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine to immediately introduce a Fodder Support Scheme for all farmers to address what has been an exceptionally long and wet…

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ICMSA push for an extension to closing date for spreading under Liming Scheme


Given the extremely wet conditions continuing across the country and with the weather outlook for the coming week not particularly positive, the Deputy President of ICMSA, Eamon Carroll has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine to immediately extend the closing date for the spreading of lime under…

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Operating Surplus of Irish Agri falls by 36% in two years – ICMSA say “dashboard lights turning Red and blinking fast”.


The President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has said that “the dashboard lights are turning Red and blinking fast” after the CSO’s Agriculture Estimates for 2023 show a collapse in the sector’s operating surplus by 36% in just two years. Referring to data published today by CSO as ‘Output, Input and…

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ICMSA query Ornua increase in processing costs and demand “complete breakdown independently verified”.


Following the decision of Ornua to increase the estimated processing costs for the PPI calculation by 1.9 cpl for February, the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee, Noel Murphy, said there is huge anger amongst dairy farmers in relation to the change and he called on Ornua to provide the complete…

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ICMSA complain that Irish Beef prices trail UK counterparts by up to 64c/kg and disparity being ‘normalised’.


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee, Michael O’Connell, has accused beef processors of cutting farmer prices ‘under the radar’ over the past few weeks and leaving Irish prices “absolutely adrift” of their UK counterparts. “As beef finishers face into the most expensive quarter of the year in terms of finishing…

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ICMSA say case for rise in price for Feb milk “overwhelming”.


Speaking in advance of the February round of milk price announcements, the Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee, Noel Murphy, said that all Co-ops need to increase their milk price to reflect market realities and to provide dairy farmers with a badly needed ‘confidence boost’ after an extremely difficult 12…

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ICMSA welcome positive Nitrates changes for calves and concentrates but query “pointless process delay”.


Speaking following a meeting of the Agriculture Water Quality Working Group, the President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, has welcomed confirmation that revised Nitrates figures will be allocated for calves from 0-3 months and that farmers will receive credit for feeding a lower percentage protein concentrate to their cows, with these…

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ICMSA describe Commission proposals on Simplification as “meaningless to the point of insult”.


Commenting on the proposals from the EU Commission to reduce the administrative burden on farmers, the President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, said that the proposals were meaningless to the point of insult and would result in absolutely no improvement for Irish farmers in 2024 or, indeed, any year thereafter. “The…

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ICMSA say delays in issuing calf ‘bluecards’ are clogging up busiest months.


While welcoming the decision of ICBF in relation to improvements to the genotyping programme, the Deputy President of ICMSA, Eamon Carroll, expressed concern about the ‘turnaround’ time, saying that ICBF needs to recognise that in addition to the time spent in the lab, farmers are also concerned about the postage…

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