20 / 07 / 2019
The IFA National Council, made up of representatives from all sectors and counties, has unanimously reiterated their support for IFA’s six principles that all prime cattle should be included in the BEAM Scheme.
The harvest is now underway and some progress has been made in parts of north Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny. Initial reports suggest that yields are reasonable with good quality.
There is still no confirmation on prices as merchants report no firm orders from the feed trade as of yet. Forward green prices for the harvest still remain around the €145-mark range for barley and €156/t for wheat.
18 / 07 / 2019
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called on Government to ensure that the soon to be published recommendations from the nitrates derogation review support the sustainable development of the sector.
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members
- Steer base €3.60/kg.
- Heifers €3.70/kg.
- Quotes €3.55-€3.65.
- Young Bulls U16 €3.55-3.60 base. R/U €3.60/3.70/kg.
- Cows €2.90/3.30/kg.
- In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price
|FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG|
|Dunbia||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Kepak Athleague||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Moyvalley Meats||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Euro Farm Foods||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Slaney Foods||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Kepak Kilbeggan||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Liffey Meats||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Kildare Chilling||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Dawn Ballyhaunis||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Ashbourne Meats||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Meadowmeats Rathdowney||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Charleville Foods||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Kepak Watergrasshill||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|ABP Bandon||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|ABP Cahir||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|ABP Waterford||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Dawn Grannagh||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|ABP Nenagh||355/360||365/370||290 – 330|
|Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle|
17 / 07 / 2019
Sheep farmers are demanding a worthwhile premium of 30c/kg for Quality Assurance according to IFA National Sheep Chairman, Sean Dennehy.
Sean Dennehy was speaking after a meeting of the IFA National Sheep Committee with Declan Fennell, Lamb manager with Bord Bia.
“Members of the National Sheep Committee were very clear. If the factories want Quality Assured lamb, they must pay a reasonable reward for it, which covers the time and work input of the farmer and also reflect a premium from the market.”
Sean Dennehy said the factories have dragged their heels on Quality Assurance, with minimal reward or return to the farmer. He said farmers are not prepared to do all the work but not be properly rewarded for Quality Assurance.
Committee members also told Bord Bia that the Quality Assurance inspectors must adopt a reasonable farmer friendly, practical approach at farm audits.
Sean Dennehy said sheep farmers are disappointed with lamb prices and extremely frustrated and angry with the way factories and retailers have taken additional margin out of the price at the cost of the primary producer.