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 […]

National Seminar on Snail Farming Crawls into Tullamore

National Snail Faming Seminar will take place in The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly on the 20th and 21st of November 2017 Experienced international snail farming speakers from Greece, Spain and Lithuania Meet Irelands newest snail farmers Q & A session with Irelands older snail farmers The National Organic Training Skillnet working in conjunction […]

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 […]

Increased Budget Critical To Ensuring CAP Post 2020 Is Fit For Purpose – IFA

In response to the draft communication from EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, on the reform of the CAP Post 2020, IFA President Joe Healy has said an increased CAP budget is essential to ensure that the future CAP is effective and fit for purpose.   He said, “In contrast to the economic landscape of the […]

Solid Demand For Beef Cattle As Christmas Market Begins – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said factories are anxious for cattle and the factory message to agents is not to let any cattle slip away.   He said this is a reflection of the strong market demand both in the UK and across Europe. In addition, the Christmas trade is kicking in at this […]

IFA Makes Safety Appeals To Farmers Installing Generators

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged farmers who have had their power supply cut off due to storm damage to put safety first if seeking to install a temporary generator on their farm. Richard Kennedy said it was clear to IFA that many farm families still had no electric power and were in a […]

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