IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring that he will bring in legislation that will indemnify landowners in the event of hillwalkers having an accident and making a claim. Flor McCarthy said this issue has always been of great concern to landowners, particularly […]
IFA President Joe Healy, Director General Damian McDonald and European Director Liam MacHale met EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Tom Tynan from his Cabinet in Brussels this week to discuss the possible consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and supports for Irish farmers.
IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said the lamb market is stronger this week with factories paying €5.25 to €5.30/kg. Looking back on 2018, Sean Dennehy said lamb prices were 6% higher than 2017 levels, at an average of €5.32kg, incl. vat. He said, “This was mainly related to strong prices for hogget’s and early […]
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said winter finishers are in a real financial crisis, burning €200 per head on cattle. He said cattle prices are down €100 and feed costs up another €100 per head. He said the Brexit “wait and see” approach from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is crushing hope and confidence in […]
UNNECESSARY DEPARTMENT RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENTS COULD DAMAGE THE CALF TRADE – IFA IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA has strongly outlined farmer objections and concerns over the imposition of unnecessary restrictions on the farm-to-farm movements put forward by the Dept of Agriculture. “Ahead of the peak sale time for calves, these restrictions by the […]
IFA Pigs Committee Chairman Tom Hogan has called on the pig factories to recognise the devastating consequences of paying below the cost of production. Current prices range from €1.38c/kg to €1.42c/kg, with the cost of production around €1.60c/kg. “Farmers are losing up to 20c/kg on factory pigs. This equates to a loss of over €16 […]
Responding to the report published by The Lancet today, IFA President Joe Healy said the report fails to take any account of how carbon efficiently food is produced in different regions of the world, or the very high standards that Irish farmers adhere to. Joe Healy said, “Irish farmers are engaged in climate action. We […]
Speaking after a meeting with UK farm leaders in London ahead of the crucial vote on Brexit in the House of Commons, IFA President Joe Healy said the clear view of farm leaders was that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a disaster for farmers in Ireland & the UK and must be avoided.
IFA’s Health and Safety Executive, William Shortall has urged farmers to take safety precautions when undertaking the spreading of slurry. As of yesterday (13 January) farmers in certain areas of the country are able to commence spreading. The main hazards associated with slurry are toxic slurry gas, slurry tank and lagoon openings and the slurry […]