PIG MARKET UPDATE 8th JANUARY

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Its back to normality after two interrupted weeks over the Christmas period. Forward planning by both pig farmers and factories saw an increased kill in the run up to the end of December and there are no reports of any significant build up of factory fit stock on farms.

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IFA President Joe Healy said that Eden Animal Sanctuary, which funds expensive advertisements around Ireland and the UK as part of the Go Vegan World campaign, needs to publish where its money comes from.

This ‘Sanctuary’ is a company limited by guarantee, it does not have charitable status and therefore is not subject to charity regulations. The way the company is structured also avoids the regulations around the need to publish audited annual accounts.

“It seems extraordinary that a multi-million euro advertising campaign across Ireland and the UK would be run from an obscure animal sanctuary in Ireland which is not a registered charity; does not produce audited accounts; and does not disclose where its funding comes from,” he said.

“The latest unaudited accounts of the company for 2018 show an income of almost €3m. They need to stop being a secret society and tell the public who is funding them,” he said.

Substantial commercial interests are investing in non-meat products. “It’s clear there is also a campaign to deflect from other sectors in the climate debate, including fossil fuels,” he said.

Go Vegan World has promoted an inaccurate message on billboards saying that ‘Eating animal foods contributes more to climate change than transport’.  IFA complained about this advert to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) and we were advised that the messaging was outside their remit.

“I think the public deserve to know who is funding these campaigns. As the ASAI have washed their hands of the issue, it is clear that there is no oversight in relation to the validity of their messaging or who is funding it.”

“The Eden Sanctuary needs to come from behind the cloak of secrecy and publish all the sources of its funding,” he said.

 

Brendan Golden has been elected Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee at a meeting in Portlaoise today.  He is the Mayo representative on the Committee.

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has called for the urgent publication of the detailed provisions of the Calf Investment Scheme, which is to open for applications today, 7th January. It was announced before Christmas by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

Tom Phelan added that additional funds must be provided in the case of oversubscription.

“The scheme is an important element in supporting farmers who will need to manage increased numbers of dairy calves next spring.  While the €1.5m funding is welcome, this is equivalent to only €1 per calf born within the dairy herd.  Should the scheme be oversubscribed, it would be vital that additional funding would be made available,” Mr Phelan said.

“An informative FAQ has been published, but there are no detailed specs available for the type of equipment which will be deemed eligible, nor is there any indication of how quickly farmers will know whether their application has been approved.  Given the need for farmers to take prompt action before the impending calving period, it is crucial that the fullest details be published by the Department urgently,” he concluded.

 

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices need to rise substantially in 2020.

 

He said the base price has re-opened at €3.60/kg for steers and heifers, but supplies are tight and better deals are being negotiated.

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