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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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ICMSA welcome reintroduction of Covid related Bovine TB measures


Speaking following discussions with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, the Deputy President of the ICMSA has welcomed the decision to reintroduce the TB Covid -19 procedures next week that were in place during the initial Covid lockdown earlier this year.   Lorcan McCabe said that the 28-day testing extension…

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As Talks Enter “Brexit Home straight” ICMSA Wants Govt Eyes Fixed On Irish Economic Interests


The President of ICMSA has said that as intensive negotiations resume on what Pat McCormack said could, hopefully, turn out to be the “Brexit home straight”, it is vital that the Irish Government kept its gaze fixed on what Irish farming and agri-food required by way of new post-Brexit trading…

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ICMSA lash Farm Council decision: “More regulation on sustainable farming, nothing at all on sustainable prices”


Commenting on the CAP agreement reached by EU Agriculture Ministers, ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, said that farmers will be hugely disappointed given that the net effect of the Farm Council decision is that farmers are going to be asked “yet again” to do more with less, while precisely nothing has…

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ICMSA Welcome “First Step” Towards Better Integration Of Dairy and Beef


The President of ICMSA has welcomed the announcement as part of Budget 2021 of the introduction of a new calf weighing measure for farmers rearing dairy beef calves and Pat McCormack described it as an important first step to improving the integration between the dairy and beef sectors. Mr. McCormack…

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ICMSA say extension of farming reliefs “positive” but critical of continuing lack of action of farm income volatility


  ICMSA said that the taxation measures pertaining to farming were generally positive and the Association’s President, Mr. Pat McCormack, said that the extension of both the Consanguinity and Stamp Duty Restructuring reliefs was positive and a recognition of the role that these measures played in restructuring and ensuring that…

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ICMSA says Budget must position farming and agri-food for post-Covid recovery


 Speaking in advance of next weeks’ Budget, the President of ICMSA said that while farmers realised the constraints that Budget 2021 would be delivered within, it was still obvious and urgent to introduce specific measures required to enable the farming and agri-food sectors to deal with the ongoing challenges presented…

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