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 […]

Lamb Supplies Tighter – IFA

IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said lambs are a bit tighter at the factories this week, and with sterling back at 88p/€, the influx and influence of Northern lamb imports will be less.   He said factories are looking for stock and paying from €4.70 to €4.80/kg with top-ups for groups and larger […]

IFA Meets Agricultural Development Board On Brexit Impact For Sheep

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the lamb trade has settled this week with supplies back following the Eid festival, and factories are paying €4.85 to €4.95/kg to get lambs.   He said top prices of up to €5.00/kg were paid. On weights, he said more farmers were securing weights to 22kgs and a […]

Clean Sheep Policy Must Be Fair And Practical – IFA

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has said the Clean Livestock Policy from the Department of Agriculture on sheep needs to be finalised and adopted in a fair and practical manner at the meat plants. He said the current approach of some meat plants applying an across the board clipping charge on sheep is wrong […]

IFA Welcomes Immediate Opening Of TAMS Sheep Fencing Scheme

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the opening of the TAMS sheep fencing scheme for farmers who want to make an application before the close of the existing tranche of the scheme on June 24th.   Joe Brady said this is an important development and IFA had argued to the Minister and the […]

IFA Briefs Politicians On Beef And Sheep Competition Issues

IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must take action to address the lack of competition in the beef sector, which is set to be compounded with the proposed ABP investment in Slaney/ICM meat group. At a briefing session with politicians in Dublin today, the IFA National Livestock leader […]

IFA Will Continue To Work For Acceptable Solution On Sheep EID

IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman James Murphy said the move by ICOS would undermine IFA’s work at national and EU level to find a practical solution for farmers and the sheep industry to the clear difficulties associated with compulsory EID. He said IFA would continue to work to find an acceptable solution in the best […]

IFA welcome €18M for the sheep sector

IFA President John Bryan welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith on the allocation of €18m per annum in unused CAP funds to the sheep sector.  He said this is positive news for sheep farmers and provides a strong confidence boost for the start of a new lamb season. The IFA President […]