More Beef Price Increases – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is driving on, with factories paying more to get cattle to meet strong Christmas demand. He said factories are paying up to €3.90 base on steers and €4.00/kg base on heifers is much more common.   Angus Woods said farmers with suitable stock should dig […]

Fodder Scheme Urgently Needed – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. He said the blasé response from the Minister in the Dáil during a debate on the matter was wholly inadequate.   Joe Healy said, “From what we have seen on the ground, including when […]

€100M Prosumer Budget Must Underpin Future Renewable Electricity Scheme – IFA

IFA Renewables Chairman James Murphy has called on Energy Minister Denis Naughten to ring-fence 20% of the energy levy paid by all homeowners, to develop a prosumer strategy which encourages homeowners and farmers to replace their fossil fuels with renewable sources. James Murphy said, “The current plan of exclusively using this public service obligation levy, as it […]

IFA Demand Cattle Price Rise To €4.00/KG

With grass cattle now gone, Christmas market demand in full swing and factories trying to buy cattle out of sheds, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said farmers should be demanding a new minimum base price of €4.00/kg.   Angus Woods said, based on the higher UK and EU market returns, a substantial beef price […]

IFA Welcomes Commitment To Review Work Permit Criteria

Following a meeting with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to review the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).   Joe Healy said, “Minister Fitzgerald recognised the shortage of […]

IFA Timber Price Survey Shows Increase Across All Product Types

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins said the latest timber price survey shows that farmers are getting a higher price across all product types in the last quarter. The largest increase was for sawlog, which saw farmers being paid up to €80 per tonne at roadside for quality sawlog. This represents an increase of over […]

Dept. Of Transport Agrees Full Re-Think On Tractor Testing

IFA today (Wed) secured a commitment from the Department of Transport that there will be full negotiation with the IFA and other key stakeholders ahead of the implementation of any aspects of a roadworthiness test for tractors.   Earlier this year, when IFA raised farmers’ concerns on the issue, Minister for Transport Shane Ross gave a clear commitment […]

Lamb Prices Rising – IFA

  Speaking at an IFA Sheep Committee meeting in Dublin, National Chairman John Lynskey said lamb prices have improved this week with €4.75/kg widely available and some top prices of €4.80/kg paid.   John Lynskey called for the carcase weights to increase to 23kgs from November 1st. He said some deals have already moved up […]

Outstanding Payments Urgently Needed Due To Fodder And Cashflow Crisis

Given the seriousness of the fodder situation in parts of county, particularly in the north-west, it is imperative that all BPS payments are made without any further delay, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has insisted.   Around 11,000 farmers have yet to receive their advance BPS payment of 70%. The main issues holding up payments […]

Multi-Faceted Fact-Based Approach Needed To Address AMR – IFA

Commenting at the launch of Ireland’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said antimicrobial resistance will only be addressed though a fact-based multi-faceted approach to antibiotic usage.   Bert Stewart said farmers will play their part, but if we are really serious about addressing the AMR issue, the major […]

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