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ICMSA’s Morrison says greater clarity needed from Dept on mechanical grading suspension.


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee has said that farmers will be perturbed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s recent admission that so far this year the Department has suspended the mechanical grading in two factories and ordered those factories to revert to manual grading. Mr. Des…

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Minister Calleary hears that Govt “must make up” any cut in CAP


An ICMSA delegation headed by the Association’s President, Pat McCormack, met Minister Calleary at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine this morning (Fri, 24 July) to discuss current challenges and opportunities in Irish farming and the wider food sector. The ICMSA President insisted that in the event of…

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Milk Policy

ICMSA call for comparative data on new CAP funding – “Government will have to make good any reduction in CAP payments”


Reacting to what is still a very vague outline of the new funding arrangements, ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, said what was already clear was that agriculture has taken a hit compared to the previous programme period of 2014-2020 and it will be necessary for the Irish Government to supply three…

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ICMSA concerned that quest for overall EU funding deal is diverting monies away from farming and rural support


The President of ICMSA has expressed concern that in what he called the “understandable enthusiasm” for concluding a deal around overall EU funding that Irish farming and rural support will be sacrificed.    Pat McCormack said that while it was premature to call the matter absolutely, it did look suspiciously…

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ICMSA – “If EID tagging for cattle benefits the whole sector then the whole sector should contribute to the cost”


  Commenting on reports that the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine intends to move to a system of EID tagging for cattle, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that given that EID tagging has benefits that extend well beyond the farmgate, including benefits to livestock marts, meat processors…

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ICMSA welcome June milk price increase from Glanbia Ireland


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee has welcomed the decision of Glanbia Ireland to increase its base milk price by 1.68cpl to 29.68cpl. Including the monthly share of profit (0.42cpl), the new total of 30.1cpl is now in line with the market returns and expectations. The Chairperson, Ger Quain, had asked all milk purchasers to pay at least 30cpl for June…

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ICMSA wants integration of Dairy And Beef sectors to be supported


ICMSA has highlighted the need to integrate the dairy and beef sectors and called on the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to introduce a scheme to do just that and produce beef that is sustainable, profitable and suitable for the marketplace. The chairperson of the association’s Livestock…

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Lakeland Milk Price Increase Welcome – ICMSA.


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee, Mr. Gerald Quain, has welcome the decision of Lakeland Dairies to increase its milk price to 30 cents per litre which is in line with market returns.   The reality is that dairy markets have recovered from the Covid-19 shock and the minimum milk price…

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Proposed EU Brexit Fund A Welcome Development. – ICMSA.


Responding to the announcement today (Friday, 10 July) by the President of the European Council in relation to Covid-19 Recovery Fund, the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said ICMSA welcomed the inclusion of a proposed €5billion Brexit Reserve Fund which is absolutely essential in the context of the next…

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ICMSA Set Out Farmer Key Concerns To Minister Cowen.


Speaking following a meeting with the new Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, Mr. Barry Cowen on the key priorities facing the agriculture sector, the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said, that ICMSA impressed on the Minister the need for sustainable farm incomes to be delivered and to be…

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