IFA Warns Co-ops: Don’t Kick Farmers While They’re Down

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must not kick farmers while they’re down by cutting milk prices, but must instead utilise some of the strongly increased 2017 profits to show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for […]

Stressed Out Farmers Will Interpret Any March Milk Price Cut As Further Kick In The Teeth – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for dairy farmers – by holding the March milk price.   Farmers appreciate the support co-ops have given through various fodder initiatives. However, […]

How To Save On Farm Costs And Make Environmental Improvements – IFA

Next Tuesday, April 10th, Smart Farming will host an important seminar focusing on ways to reduce farm bills by €5,000 and enhance the environment.   Smart Farming is a voluntary resource efficiency programme led by IFA in conjunction with the EPA.   As well as speakers from Teagasc, UCD and SEAI, the seminar will hear […]

Minister Must Get A Grip Of Fodder Crisis

IFA President Joe Healy wrote to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in advance of his meeting with Teagasc and co-ops on the fodder crisis. The letter proposed real and concrete measures the Minister must implement to assist farmers through the current fodder crisis. Joe Healy said, “I cannot stress enough the pressure that the current […]

Smart Farming 2018 To Focus On Delivering Cost Savings

Smart Farming, the voluntary cost saving initiative led by IFA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin its 2018 work programme in April, identifying ways to improve farm returns and enhance the environment.   In 2018, more than 1,200 farmers across 50 discussion groups, IFA branches and purchasing groups will get involved […]

Students Don Wellies for Agri Aware’s Farm Walk And Talk

GIY and Cully & Sully are on the search for Ireland’s next best young food entrepreneurs and are encouraging secondary school students across the country to register for the ‘GROW 2 CEO’ competition before the registration deadline of March 14th 2018.   ‘GROW 2 CEO’ combines food growing and entrepreneurship to inspire students to grow […]

Potato Growers Get Less Than A Fifth Of The Retail Price

– POTATOES BOUGHT ONCE EVERY SECOND IN IRELAND   Potato growers are getting less than one-fifth of the price a consumer pays for their product in the shop, a conference in Dublin today heard.   Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy outlined how retailers are taking the lion’s share […]

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 […]

Tipperary Farm Wins National Quality Milk Awards 2017 Top Prize

The country’s top prize for best quality milk has been awarded to John and Maria Walsh, from Co Tipperary who supply their milk to Dairygold Co-op. The NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards has been running since 1996 and celebrates excellence in Irish dairy farming. The winners were announced in Dublin today (4th October 2017) […]

Make Savings Through Smart Farming At National Ploughing Championships

All farmers are invited to visit the Smart Farming Team at the IFA Stand during the National Ploughing Championships next week to find out how they could make savings of up to €5,000 thorough the cost savings programme. IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said the programme offers an important double dividend, with the potential to […]

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