IFA SHEEP UPDATE APRIL 17th

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IFA SHEEP UPDATE APRIL 17th
17 Apr 2020

IFA SHEEP UPDATE APRIL 17th

COVID-19, Prices, Sheep
  • Lamb Price Update. 16/4/2020. Strong demand and tight supplies. Hogget’s €5.70/6.00/kg. New Season €6.20 to €6.40/kg. Tops €6.50/6.60/kg paid. Ewes €2.70/2.80/kg.
  • Strong trade during and after Easter week. Kill for w/e April 12th reached 50,156 and included 3,833 spring lambs. To date this year an additional 93,278 hogget’s have been processed.
  • Strong retail and butcher demand and sales over Easter.
  • IFA, working with COPA in Brussels have proposed the following measures in for the sheep sector. Immediately support farmers with direct payments for any price related market losses, APS for market support, review and suspend non-EU imports during the COVID-19 crisis, a new EU promotional programme for lamb targeted at retail level.
  • The National Sheep Committee has been lobbying politicians on the need for Government action at EU level on the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The DAFM has confirmed to IFA that shearing is an essential service and travel flexibilities are available for shearers under the current restrictions.

General Issues

  • Intensive IFA lobby of all TDs and MEPs by National Livestock Committee and County Chairs working with the Dairy Committee on the need for immediate Government and EU action to address the market and income crisis on beef as a result of the COVID-19 Emergency.
  • IFA demands and action are based on market supports around an effective type of APS (Aids to Private Storage) and direct payment to farmers on price losses. IFA are also demanding action to suspend non-EU beef imports.
  • At National level IFA are requesting Minister Creed to immediately make available the c€24m in unspent BEAM funds to farmers selling finished cattle at a major loss.
  • In Brussels, IFA is working with COPA and all the relevant EU Commissioners and Commission officials have all been made fully aware of the very difficult situation at farm level in Ireland. In addition, key players from other member states have been briefed with particular focus on the French, Polish and Italians on beef and the French on sheep.
  • IFA has been in contact with the major banks seeking flexibilities on all facilities including overdraft/stocking and term loans. IFA has also put proposals to Government for low interest loan facilities up to €200k to be made available to farmers.
  • IFA secured clarification regarding farmers eligibility for the weekly COVID-19 payment of €350 per week.
  • Keep up to date on all IFA work on ifa.ie/covid19.
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