No change in Irish pig prices with farmers receiving €1.64c/kg – €1.68c/kg in all the main export plants again this week. While the outlook for the remainder of 2020 looks overall, very positive, a number of unfortunate events in recent weeks have put speed bumps along the road to pig price recovery.
As restaurants re-opens this week there is an air of optimism that the food service sector will begin to return to some form of “new-normal”. Demand for early varieties continues as more Queens come onto the market. Reports from early growers suggest average yields with some frost damage on the earliest crops.
Responding to the dairy results in the 2019 National Farm Survey (NFS), IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said the results, which suggested a modest dairy farm family income increase, were less positive than one might think, and needed to be examined closely.
IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the 2019 National Farm Survey by Teagasc shows the scale of the task facing the new Government.
IFA President Tim Cullinan has congratulated the new Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen on his appointment.