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Consumption and sales remain stable this week in contrast with a normal lull for the first weeks of January. Growers are reporting that orders are reasonable, wet cold weather conditions most likely driving sales. The majority of the main season crop is now lifted with an estimated maximum of 5% remaining in the ground.

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Sheep Factory Quotes c/kg including VAT
Factory January 14th Ewes Spring Lamb
Dawn Ballyhaunis Tuesday 280 500+10QA
ICM Camolin Tuesday 280 495+10QA
ICM Navan Tuesday 280 495+10QA
Kepak Athleague Tuesday 270 500+15QA
Kildare Chilling Tuesday 270+10QA 520+10QA
Moyvalley Meats Tuesday 520

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today said Lakeland Dairies Co-op, by increasing their December price by 1c/l, had shown the way for other co-ops to follow.

The Ornua PPI for last month had increased to a milk price equivalent to 32.3c/l incl VAT, nearly 2c/l more than the average paid by co-ops for November – generalised milk price increases are well and truly overdue.

Mr Phelan urged the other co-op boards who will be deciding December milk prices this week, to follow the Lakeland example for December, and in order to get back to paying a sustainable milk price for 2020, to plan for further increases before the new season commences.

“We monitor market indicators for Europe and the global market, and calculate the milk price equivalent from the dairy commodity prices reported.  Those have improved quite significantly over the last 5 to 6 months, as shown in the graph,” Mr Phelan said.

“Still, our co-ops have not increased milk prices as much as they clearly can, and we urge them to correct the situation ahead of spring.  The high solids which underpinned milk cheques in the autumn will have crashed when milking resumes next month, and farmers will find themselves under serious cash flow pressure,” he said.

“A milk price increase of 1c/l on December milk supplies is the minimum co-ops must pass back to farmers, but they must also start planning to deliver sustainable milk prices for 2020, and this will require further increases before the season recommences,” he concluded.


The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has not moved on any of the recommendations made by the independent review group on appeals, according to IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy.

It’s two years since the publication of the report of the Agriculture Appeals Act Review Committee.

Richard Kennedy said it was established in response to genuine concerns about the appeals system.

The Committee established by the Minister acknowledged the need for change, making several significant recommendations including the establishment of an Agricultural Appeals Review Panel with an Independent Chair.

“The Minister must ensure the recommendations are implemented so that farmers can have confidence in the appeals system, and that their cases will be dealt with fairly, impartially and efficiently,” he said.

The recommendations were also passed by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and the expectation was that the Minister would implement the conclusions.

Richard Kennedy also pointed out that this review was part of the Programme for Government and it must be implemented before the dissolution of the Dáil.

The IFA is hosting an important half-day event on Tues, Jan 21st to rebalance the debate around climate action.

Entitled ‘Climate Action in Agriculture – A Balanced Approach’, the event will feature one of the foremost experts in the world on the important role of farming in the climate debate, Dr. Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis, California who will balance, with scientific evidence, the discussion about the contribution of agriculture to the climate challenge.

Other speakers include Prof. John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, and Dr. Frank O’Mara of Teagasc.

Speaking in advance of the event, IFA President, Joe Healy said, “Farmers are tired of being kicked around and scapegoated when it comes to climate action”.

“The lack of balance in the debate is very frustrating for Irish farmers, given the high standards we adhere to and the quality of the food we produce. For example, 90% of Ireland’s beef exports are now in an audit and carbon foot printing programme and 100% of milk production is completing a carbon auditing cycle. This is unique – we are the only country in the world that measures, monitors and manages carbon from farm to fork. Yet we are constantly being pilloried for not doing enough.”

The IFA President said, “We hope that this event will help in re-balancing what is currently a very one-sided debate”.

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