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Department decision to extend Covid-related Bovine TB testing procedures welcomed.


The Deputy President of the ICMSA has welcomed the decision of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to continue until June 1 operating the TB Covid -19 procedures in place for the last number months. Lorcan McCabe said that the Department are to be commended on their early decision to extend…

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Double-digit jump in dairy markets puts case for farmer price increase “beyond doubt”


Speaking following the 15% increase in the GDT, the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee said that it placed the recent steady increases recorded ‘in the shade’ and makes overwhelming the case for a farmer price increase for February milk. Ger Quain noted that it also sets up peak milk supply…

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ICMSA say Ulster Bank withdrawal must accelerate the reforms required.


The President of ICMSA said the decision of Ulster Bank to withdraw from the Irish market was “extremely concerning” and Pat McCormack said that the move must accelerate Government efforts “which should already have been in train” to introduce much more meaningful competition into the Irish banking landscape. Mr. McCormack…

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Report says EU Trade Agreements benefit EU farmers – “illogical and pointless” say ICMSA


The President of ICMSA has rejected the findings of a report published by the EU Commission that purports to show that the EU’s policy on trade deals has benefitted its indigenous farming and agri-food sector.   The Commission’s report claims that EU policy will result in substantial increases in EU agri-food…

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ICMSA say farmers “disappointed and irritated” by Ministerial reluctance to signal that environmental measures “must” mean higher consumer food prices.


The President of ICMSA has said that farmers will be disappointed and irritated by the sentiments expressed by Minister of State, Pippa Hackett, on her attendance and impressions of the 13th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture.  Pat McCormack said that while no-one doubted the absolute importance of the environmental…

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ICMSA welcome Department’s announcement on 2021 National Reserve and Convergence


Following a meeting with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that the announcement of a 2021 National Reserve is very welcome and shows an laudable ambition on the part of the Department to encourage young people to consider farming as a career…

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Farmers With Unmanageable Debt Told There IS A Possible Solution


Farmers struggling with unmanageable farm debt or mortgage arrears have been told that there is a possible solution and invited to take part in a private virtual webinar to be held on Thursday, January 14.  The team of restructuring expert, Gary Digney, of accountants PKF-FPM and barrister, Keith Farry, who…

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ICMSA say Ag Climatise ‘Roadmap’ premised on a delusion – “Not a mention in 30 pages of the need to pay the real price of food”


Commenting on the publication of the Ag Climatise report, the President of ICMSA said that the broad outlines of the ‘Roadmap towards Climate Neutrality’ were well advertised and farmers would have little difficulty accepting the scale of the challenges or the need for decisive measurable remedial actions. What farmers would…

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Farmers told to shop around between factories if selling “supermarket-suitable” cattle


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee has told farmers with what he called “supermarket-suitable” cattle that there may be value in shopping around between factories for best prices. Des Morrison said that in-spec Herefords and Angus cattle with a dead weight of between 260kgs and 340kgs were currently in demand…

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ICMSA respond to Dutch Minister’s call for ‘banning’ of live calve trade – “This is not a unilateral decision for any Member State”


Commenting on the reports, ICMSA Livestock Committee Chairperson, Des Morrison, said that the fundamental point was that the trade within the EU was absolutely vital, operated to the highest international standards and could not simply be ‘banned’ on any unilateral basis or one person’s opinion. “As the Dutch Minister acknowledges:…

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