Why Active Management Of Your Forest Is So Important – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins said forests that are actively managed and thinned regularly encourage the strongest trees to thrive, are healthier, capture more carbon and generate more income for owners.   Mr Collins said there are a lot of farmers who are not managing their forests and this could significantly reduce the value […]

Taoiseach And Commissioner Hogan Must Intesify Pressure Against Bad Mercosur Deal – IFA

 Speaking from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the New Year without agreement, IFA President Joe Healy said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away.   He said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must intensify the […]

Co-Ops Can Afford Commitment To Hold Prices Until Spring – IFA

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said an examination by IFA of the difference between the EU returns for an Irish product mix, as reported by the EU Milk Market Observatory, minus a 5c/l processing cost, and the average of the Farmers’ Journal Monthly Milk Price League suggests that co-ops, while increasing milk prices […]

IFA Urges Consumers To Buy Irish Food This Christmas

IFA President Joe Healy has urged consumers to check twice to make sure the food they buy this Christmas is really Irish, and is priced in an economically sustainable manner.   Launching the IFA’s Fairness for Farmers, Honesty for Consumers Christmas Campaign today (Fri), Joe Healy said, “Consumers value Irish produced food and want to support Irish […]

IFA Calls For Major Media Campaign On Responsible Dog Ownership

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey this week said much stronger action is required to address the dreadful problem of marauding dog attacks on sheep flocks.   He said with the darker evenings and nights this time of year, dog attacks increase and recent cases have been reported in Wexford, Kildare, Offaly, Galway, Dublin and […]

Foodwise Targets Dependent On Brexit Outcome – IFA

Speaking at today’s major conference on the Foodwise 2025 strategy for the agri-food sector, IFA President Joe Healy said the achievement of the 2025 targets would be very dependent on what happens in the Brexit talks over the coming days.   Joe Healy, a panellist at today’s conference, said, “This strategy and the targets it […]

IFA To Intensify Campaign For Fodder Scheme At Major Meeting

IFA President Joe Healy has said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. The fodder crisis will be discussed at a major IFA meeting in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.   Joe Healy has called on Minister Creed to indicate that he will introduce a scheme. He said […]

Heritage Bill Proposals Will Allow For Better Land Management – IFA

The Heritage Bill proposals to extend the periods during which hedge-cutting and gorse burning are permitted should be supported to allow farmers necessary flexibilities to properly manage hedgerows and uplands, IFA National Hill Chairman Pat Dunne told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Wed).   Pat Dunne said, “Farmers understand […]

CAP 2020 – Increased Funding Essential – IFA

Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.   Joe Healy said “If we don’t have farmers, […]

Poor Monitoring of Private Water Supplies Putting People’s Health At Risk – EPA

One fifth of people in Ireland get their drinking water from private water supplies. In 2016, boil water notices were imposed on 126 private water supplies, affecting a population of over 7,000 people. Local authority monitoring and enforcement of private water supplies is not adequate.  Many local authorities did not monitor all supplies in their […]

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