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ICMSA question Restaurants Association Chief’s comments on beef dispute – “The crisis could have been avoided if his sector had looked back over their shoulder to check whether the farmers producing the food were paid for it”


The President of ICMSA has thanked the Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association, Adrian Cummins, for his contribution to the ongoing beef crisis debate and said that there could be no doubting Mr. Cummins’ sincerity and knowledge of the situation in the restaurants that he represented. It was indeed absolutely…

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On the eve of the Ploughing a survey shows “collapse” in farmer confidence


Commenting on the Irish Examiner-ICMSA survey results published in today’s edition of that paper showing a “collapse” in farmer confidence, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that findings reflected the unprecedented stress and pressures that were bearing down on the state’s farming sector.  The survey showed that the percentage…

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“More important than ever” that BPS and ANC payments dates are met this year


Following the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine regarding payment dates for the BPS and ANC this coming Autumn, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that the key issue for farmers at this stage is that all farmers receive their payment on time and, in this regard,…

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ICMSA say “Window of Opportunity” for talks to resolve beef crisis


The President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack has said that a “window of opportunity” in relation to the beef crisis may have opened up that might allow progress to be made towards a solution that “everyone wants and needs”.  Mr. McCormack said that talks should be reconvened as soon as…

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ICMSA will attend reconvened beef talks but call for last week’s ‘spec proposal’ to be implemented immediately


Citing the huge concern amongst farmers on the question of beef prices, the President of ICMSA has indicated that his association would be willing to be part of the reconvened beef talks. Mr. Pat McCormack said that against the looming threat of Brexit and very poor beef prices, farmer frustrations…

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ICMSA say results of talks will not lead to price rise “but some positive developments”


Commenting on the conclusion of the beef crisis talks, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that while he was very disappointed that there was no positive news in relation to the price of beef arising from the talks, he did welcome a number of technical changes that have the…

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ICMSA say difference between top and bottom 2019 milk prices already over €8000 “so far”


Following the latest announcements of July milk prices, ICMSA’s Dairy Committee Chairperson, Ger Quain, has stated that he believes that there is now a two-tier milk price system at play in the Irish market. The prices announced for the month of July have made this very obvious as there is…

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Leading renewable energy show returns with dedicated farm diversification advice 


Energy Now Expo Ireland is boosting its offering by including a Rural Business Expo, to showcase expert farm diversification advice. The pioneering event for farmers and landowners has announced that it’s rebranding as ‘Energy and Rural Business Show Ireland’. Run in association with Teagasc, and various farming organisations and taking…

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NEWS: “No-one asking the Minister to ‘set’ beef prices


“No-one asking the Minister to ‘set’ beef prices – but he must review “utterly dysfunctional” beef trade

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NEWS: ICMSA reiterate that Eradication must be focus of TB Programme


The Deputy President of ICMSA has reiterated his organisation’s determination to keep the focus on eradicating TB and he expressed concern about what he described as “repeated efforts” to move away from that primary focus.

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