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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the Minister for Agriculture must take control of the TB situation and convene discussions as a matter of urgency.

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Liftings continue at pace this week across the country as weather conditions have improved. This should allow for the final Queen crops to be lifted this week. Conditions are still challenging in parts of the country and growers are behind schedule at this stage. Retail demand remains quite strong, however, there is some uncertainty around the food service sector as ‘wet pubs’ can re-open from Monday.

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IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe has welcomed that announcement by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue that €185m of ANC payments will be made to 86,000 farmers over the coming days.

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Following this morning’s State of the Union address by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the comments of Ursula Von der Leyen that the prospects of a Brexit deal was ‘fading away’ were chilling for Irish farmers.

“It is disappointing that the Commission President didn’t follow these remarks with a clear commitment that the EU would support its citizens, and in particular farmers, from the inevitable consequences,” he said.

“Farmers are increasingly concerned that they will be the ones to pay the price of Brexit. It is now clear that the EU needs to set out how it intends to respond to protect the farming sector,” he said.

“The €5bn contingency fund set aside as part of the EU budget is a significant development. However, we need the EU to spell out the specific safety nets it intends to put in place to support farmers,” he said.

“President Von der Leyen recommitted to promoting values and standards in trade deals, but if regulations and standards are not enforced with trade partners, then EU farmers cannot be competitive and will lose out to cheaper, lower standard imports,” he said.

The critical role of farmers as food producers must be considered in any increased ambition by the EU to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030.

“What we are seeing is an auction on target setting where there are ever-increasing pronouncements in Europe and Ireland about new emissions targets without any proper analysis of how this can be achieved or what the economic and other consequences might be,” he said.

“Europe wants to go faster but food security and impact on food production must not be forgotten. The COVID-19 crisis has shown how fragile our food supply chain can be,” he said.

The IFA President said that farmers play an essential role in Europe’s future, whether providing food or sequestering carbon and the EU must ensure this future is protected.


Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members.

Strong factory demand.

  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifer base €3.60 – 3.70/kg.
  • Young Bulls R/U €3.40- €3.70kg.
  • Cows €3.00/3.50/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360/365 300 – 350
Kepak Athleague 360 360/365 300 – 340
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 290 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 360 360/365 300 – 350
ABP Clones 360 360/365
Liffey Meats 360 360/365 300 – 340
Slaney Foods 360 360/365 300 – 340
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360/365 300 – 340
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360/365 300 – 340
Foyle Meats *including 10c 300-380kg 365* 370* 300 – 340
Ashbourne Meats 360 360/365 300 – 350
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360/365 290 – 340
Charleville Foods 360 360/365 290 – 340
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Bandon 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Cahir 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Waterford 360 360/365 290 – 340
Dawn Grannagh 360 360/365 290 – 340
ABP Nenagh 360 360/365 290 – 340

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