Bord Bia Launches Farmers’ Market Training Workshops

 Bord Bia is set to host a series of Farmers’ Market skills training workshops around the country this November to support new and existing members of the food market network. The ‘Skills Training for Selling at Farmers’ workshops, specifically designed by Bord Bia, will provide practical solutions to the challenges most frequently faced by market […]

IFA Calls On Factories To Reverse Beef Price Cuts

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the meat factories to reverse the beef price cuts and restore some level of confidence to producers. He said that based on the market returns from the UK, it is clear the factories could easily reverse some of the price cuts of recent weeks and increase returns to […]

Strong Message From IFA To Support Farm Income In Budget ’17

Addressing Oireachtas members in Dublin as part of IFA’s pre-Budget campaign, IFA President Joe Healy said next month’s Budget is a major test of the Government’s commitment to farm families who are under serious income pressure after a year of low product and dreadful weather conditions.   IFA officers who met TDs & Senators also […]

Clune asks the European Commission to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission asking them to clarify when and if they plan on developing legislative initiatives to strengthen the position of farmers within the food supply chain. She also asked Commissioner Hogan what measures are being considered to enhance the overall sustainability of the […]

Opportunity to revitalise rural areas at EU Rural Development Conference

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady said that the Cork EU Rural Development Conference is an opportunity for the EU Commission to reverse cuts to the Rural Development Programme, which were imposed to the EU Budget in the period 2014-2020.   Speaking at the Rural Development Conference in Cork, Joe Brady said that the current […]

Proposed ABP/Slaney Meats Deal Is Likely To Weaken Competition – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said an independent report commissioned by the IFA on the proposed ABP/Slaney meats deal raises serious competition issues for farmers which must be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). He was speaking at the launch of the report prepared by Dr […]

Important For Banks To Provide Early Intervention To Farmer Customers Facing Cashflow Difficulties

IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton has acknowledged the commitment by Ulster Bank to provide options to alleviate cashflow pressures on farmers, including interest only repayments and extending working capital.   Martin Stapleton said Ulster Bank’s initiative is important given the severe income pressures on farms this year. He advised farmers who are facing difficulties […]

Study Shows Consumers Understand Need To Better Remunerate Liquid Milk Producers – Finn

IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn has said the recent study by Mintel showing that more than three in five consumers on the island of Ireland believe farmers are not being fairly paid for their milk should encourage retailers and dairies to do what it takes to deliver the 40c/l annualised milk price liquid […]

Urgent Political Intervention Needed To Avert Collapse Of Tillage Sector

Ahead of the main harvest, IFA National Grain Chairman Liam Dunne has warned that grain farmers are facing a severe income drop this season of up to €100m due to a combination of poorer prices and much reduced yields.   Liam Dunne said without political intervention on a number of fronts, the tillage sector here […]

IFA Lamb Price Survey Shows 60% Mark Up By Retailers

An IFA lamb price survey of the five main supermarkets shows that retailers are charging consumers from €10 to €16/kg for the key lamb cuts, while the farmer price has fallen from €5.50/kg to as low as €4.70/kg in the last  two  weeks. This points to a 60% plus mark up on lamb by the […]

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