IFA Hill Farmers Say Commonage Plans Must Not Hold Up Final Glas Payment

IFA Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to lift the requirement that final commonage plans must be in place before the final 15% GLAS 2017 payment is made.   He said this is necessary due to serious cash flow difficulties on hill farms due to the […]

Fodder Emergency Is Now Also Financial Crisis

Following an appearance by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this afternoon, IFA President Joe Healy said the Minister has to recognise that the fodder crisis on farms is not going away soon, and he must provide immediate financial support to farmers. An IFA delegation attended the Committee meeting […]

Funding Needed To help Farmers During Fodder Crisis – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allocate a dedicated budget for farmers in urgent need of help to get them through the fodder crisis.   Joe Healy said the Department of Agriculture has an Early Warning System (EWS) that operates locally to provide assistance and support to […]

Weather Crisis Requires Emergency Action – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has insisted Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed pull together an emergency response to tackle the fodder and income crisis on farms due to the unprecedented weather conditions this spring.   Mr. Healy said that the extreme weather conditions are causing havoc and untold stress at farm level, “The situation is close […]

Prolonged Wet And Cold Weather Means A Full Blown Fodder Crisis – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, to urgently clarify what additional measures he is taking in order to offset the crippling fodder crisis that is afflicting the farming sector. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he called on the Minister to provide details about the […]

IFA Goes Dutch as Consignment of 1,500 Tonnes of Hay Begins to Arrive for Distribution

The first consignment of hay from Holland containing over 500 tonnes arrived into Dublin port last night on special containers, with another 500 tonnes of French hay arriving in Rosslare by truck over the weekend. The hay will be distributed today to farmers through co-ops, marts and merchants in counties still under extreme pressure from […]

IFA Launches Fodder Crisis Fund

The IFA has today (Wed) launched a Fodder Crisis Fund of €1m to further support the Association’s efforts in assisting farmers through the worst fodder crisis in living memory.  The fund has been put together from the Association’s own resources, and matched with generous contributions from the Irish Farmers Journal, IFAC Accountants, IFFPG, Origin Enterprises […]

Fodder Aid Scheme Must be Extended Beyond This Week as Slow Grass Growth Expected – IFA

IFA President John Bryan said another week of slow grass growth is expected and this is increasing the stress and cost on farm families, who are coping with difficulty through this unprecedented weather crisis.   John Bryan said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s fodder aid subsidy was a welcome help, but he must now […]