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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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ICMSA reassured and confident on 2020 BPS/Greening payment ‘run’by October 16


Speaking after a meeting of the Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee, the Deputy President of ICMSA said that the association had stressed the need for the maximum number of recipients to receive their BPS/Greening payment due on the 16 October next promptly due to that payment’s traditional importance in the financial…

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Importance of milk one of the nine ‘main messages’ from National Healthy Eating Guideline for One to Four Year Olds


The President of ICMSA has welcomed the publication of the first ever National Healthy Eating Guideline for One to Four Year Olds and the specific reference to milk as one of the nine ‘main messages’ the guideline sets out.   Mr. Pat McCormack said that yet again a highly qualified and…

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ICMSA appoint new Policy Officer with “cutting edge” research credentials


ICMSA has announced the appointment of Méabh Dore as Policy Officer and Executive Secretary to both the association’s Livestock Committee and the Farm and Rural Affairs committee. Méabh grew up on the family suckler farm in Shanagolden, County Limerick, and graduated as a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD in…

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