IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning has called for the current averaging system to be moved to a total contributions system for the purposes of calculating a person’s Contributory State Pension payment rate in the 2018 Budget.
IFA National Rural Development Committee Chairman, Joe Brady has called for the Department of Agriculture to ensure the full utilisation of all EU and national funding in the Rural Development Programme (RDP) by making necessary changes to schemes and improving payments in the annual review to the EU Commission.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the live export trade is operating very strongly with another boat load of heavier bulls being loaded for immediate shipping to Turkey. He said more loads are being planned with buying already underway in the marts.
IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey said sheep farmers are resisting pressure on lamb prices from the factories. He said earlier in the week farmers were getting €5.50/kg for lambs with some top prices of €5.55 paid.
Beef production and cattle numbers for the second half of 2017 will be much less that originally forecast, according to IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods who said this paints a much more positive picture on the beef trade for the remainder of 2017.
IFA’s Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the publication of the National Mitigation Climate Plan by Government, saying that it provides “a basis for a whole of society response to the climate challenge.”
As the GDT auction registers another small 0.2% rise today, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary called on co-ops to work harder on passing back as much of the dairy upturn as possible to farmers, who after two years of challenging cash flow still have some way to go to rebalance their farm finances.