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On first anniversary of Chinese suspension of Irish beef imports, ICMSA wants an update on reopening.


As we approach the first anniversary of China’s suspension of Irish beef imports, ICMSA has requested a renewed effort towards a full reopening of that market. Des Morrison, Chairperson of the Association’s Livestock Committee, said that farmers and processors alike wanted to know how much progress had been made towards…

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ICMSA wants “Government to govern” and progress Belview cheese plant.


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has said that the State is fast approaching a ‘make your mind up moment’ on the question of enabling legal challenges to planning decisions that have already progressed “tortuously” through the planning process. “The further court appeal against the Glanbia proposal at Belview is…

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ICMSA say 8,000 applicants for Dairy Beef Calf scheme shows scope for dairy-beef integration.


 The release of details around the Dairy Beef Calf programme the day after its closure shows that in excess of 8,000 farmers applied for the pilot scheme.  ICMSA, who had proposed a more comprehensive scheme, have welcomed the outcome and the Chairperson of their Livestock Committee, Des Morrison, said the organisation’s…

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ICMSA announce Interactive Milk Price Tracker that allows individual comparisons – “Farmers will be able to see exactly what they would have been paid by every processor in Ireland for their individual milk supply”


ICMSA has today launched the first ‘interactive’ monthly milk price comparison tool that will allow dairy farmers to input their individual milk volumes, constituents and quality results and see – at the touch of a button – what they would have been paid for the same supply by every other…

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French move closer to incorporating input costs into food price by law


 The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has welcomed further developments in France where the debate on incorporating the cost of inputs into the prices received by farmers and primary producers has moved forward again with the proposal of a law by a member of the French Parliament.   Mr. Gregory Besson-Moreau…

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Lack of competition in banking sector shows “lack of energy and commitment” at official level


Reacting to the announcement that KBC Bank is to end its operation in Ireland as an independent force at retail banking level, the President of ICMSA said that something was obviously very amiss in the area of retail banking in Ireland and Pat McCormack said that the only thing more…

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ICMSA tell Taoiseach and Minister that Belview standoff demonstrates need for State to set policy and pace.


Speaking after this morning’s Webex meeting with An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin, and Minister McConalogue on the question of Glanbia’s peak supply arrangements, the President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, observed that it was important to differentiate between internal company procedures and what he said was the “bigger and more important picture”…

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Bord na Mona contact ICMSA as farm organisation reaffirms position on Rewetting: “Neighbouring farms require and are entitled to written guarantee


 ICMSA have confirmed that Bord na Mona have responded to the farm organisation’s call for the semi-state to provide a written guarantee to farms adjoining the sites of their proposed Rewetting Project. The farm organisation wants a guarantee that commits the semi-state to make good any damage to the private…

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Lack of focus given to farming makes Rural Development Plan “fundamentally deficient”


Responding to the publication of the Rural Development Policy 2021-2025, the President of ICMSA said that the plan suffered from what Pat McCormack described as “the chronic ailment” of governmental policy in that it was notably heavy on vague aspirations and correspondingly light on any meaningful detail as to how…

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EU Ombudsman finds that EU negotiation of Mercosur Agreement “constituted maladministration”.


The EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has said that the European Commission failed to assess the Mercosur Agreement’s sustainability and that their conclusion of the agreement without a much more considered analysis of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) constituted maladministration.  Coming on top of a number of Member States, notably France, indicating…

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