Teagasc report confirms 2018 was an extremely difficult year for farming – IFA

Onus on Government to support the sector in 2019 and protect direct payments   IFA President Joe Healy said that the Teagasc Annual Review figures released today come as no surprise to anyone involved in farming. He said that the report confirms that 2018 was an extremely difficult year for farming, in large part due to […]

Lack Of Time Main Barrier To Women’s Involvement In Farming Organisations – IFA

Speaking at the Women & Agriculture conference in Killarney, IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair, Caroline Farrell said that a recent survey undertaken by the Association reveals that lack of time is the main barrier to women becoming involved in a farming organisation.   61% of respondents cited it as the main reason they […]

Factories Can Pay A Lot More As Cattle Prices Rise – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said cattle prices are rising with some farmers securing a base price of €3.80/kg for steers and €3.90/kg for heifers in recent days. He said with the strength of the UK cattle price and significant positive moves on the sterling exchange rate, it’s clear the factories can pay a lot more. […]

Farmers Encouraged To Recycle Used Tyres At New Bring Centres

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister Denis Naughten of bring centre dates for the recycling of used tyres by farmers. Thomas Cooney said, “In July IFA secured a commitment from Minister Naughten that he would make available at least €700,000 to support the farming community to sustainably manage old […]

IFA Opposes Land Sale In Co. Meath By Vulture Funds

The Irish Farmers Association is opposing the forced sale of lands in Co Meath by vulture fund Promontoria, which is trying to force a family to sell some of their land to settle debts.   The land is due to be sold by online auction in the coming weeks.  IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton […]

Dairy Farmers Need Higher Milk Prices To Fund Fodder Purchases

Speaking after the IFA National Dairy Committee meeting, Chairman Tom Phelan said representatives from all around the country were vocal and frustrated: dairy farmers’ backs are to the wall, and only higher milk prices – starting with 1c/l for August milk – will help with the massive expenditure increase on fodder and feed necessary to keep the […]

IFA Says Hill Farmers Being Shortchanged On Environmental Scheme

IFA President Joe Healy has said that the current environmental scheme available to farmers in Hill areas is inadequate and needs to be improved in the upcoming CAP negotiations.   Speaking at the annual IFA Hill Sheep Forum in Westport today, the IFA President said that GLAS does not reward farmers satisfactorily.  It does not […]

EU Trade Talks With Mercosur Have No Credibility – IFA

With EU Commission officials in Montevideo in Uruguay this week to reconvene the Mercosur trade talks, IFA President Joe Healy said the time has come for EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan put his foot down and tell Trade Commissioner Malmstrom enough is enough.   Joe Healy said, “With major uncertainty over Brexit and only contempt […]

Mixer Wagon Rental Scheme Luanched To Support Irish Farmers Affected By Drought

Summer 2018 has proved very challenging for Irish farmers. Unpredicted drought conditions have resulted in extreme difficulties for farmers feeding their livestock, and many have been forced to incorporate a range of different forages and concentrates into their animal’s diets. In response to this, KEENAN is giving farmers who do not own or have access […]

Ress Scheme Announcement Welcome But Fails To Cater For Farm Scale Community Based Projects – IFA

IFA Renewable Energy Project Team Leader Tom Short, while welcoming the announcement by Minister Naughten of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme said that the scheme does little to cater for the development of farm scale community-based projects.   Mr Short said, “The move away from feed in tariffs to an auction type scheme will essentially […]

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