15 / 11 / 2019
A joint IFA, ICOS and ICMSA delegation travelled to Cherbourg this week to meet with calf lairage operators Jean Luc Pignet and the owners of the Qualivia Cherbourg lairage, Robert and Valerie Drique.
14 / 11 / 2019
Meat and dairy in a balanced diet
Let’s take a closer luck at some of Sarah’s key messages.
Meat in the Irish diet
Meat is consumed by 98% of adults and 98% of children in Ireland, providing 41% of protein requirements in diets (figure 1).
Figure 1: % contribution of food groups to protein intake
48% of women in Ireland do not meet iron recommendations from their diets. This figure increases to 79% for teenage girls. Meat is an important source of iron, providing 18% of the dietary requirements.
Beef and milk are also rich sources of vitamin B12, unlike plant foods which have virtually no B12. Your body needs vitamin B12, in order to create red blood cells and keep the nervous system healthy.
Milk, yoghurt and cheese
Milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich sources of calcium, protein, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin B2, providing 39% of calcium requirements in Irish diets (figure 2). These nutrient sources are important, as 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over 55 years of age, are at risk of factures due to osteoporosis.
Figure 2: % contribution of food groups to calcium intake
Milk & iodine
Milk is the major source of iodine in the Irish diet. High intakes of dairy are linked with better iodine levels. Iodine is required for brain development, during pregnancy. Other sources of iodine may include fish and seaweed.
About Meat and Dairy Facts
Meat and Dairy Facts is an initiative between IFA, Bord Bia, ICMSA, NDC, DII and MII which aims to promote the health benefits and sustainability credentials of meat and dairy in Ireland.
14 / 11 / 2019
Speaking from Cherbourg as part of a visit to two lairages in the area, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said IFA had developed a good relationship and kept in touch with the two operators since he and IFA President Joe Healy visited Cherbourg on two occasions last spring.
The continuation of the wet weather has left the planting of winter crops very difficult. The window for planting Winter barley and oats has virtually closed although some will still plant Winter wheat if the weather allows. Some estimates suggest that total Winter plantings of the 3 main grain crops could be as low as 110,000 ha, which would even be lower than the 2018 winter crop figure of 120,000ha.
Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members
- Steer base €3.45/3.50/kg.
- Heifers €3.50/3.55/kg.
- Young Bulls O/R/U €3.20-3.55/kg.
- Cows €2.60/3.20/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.
|FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG|
|Dawn Slane||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Kepak Athleague||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Moyvalley Meats||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Euro Farm Foods||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Liffey Meats||350||355||260 – 320|
|Slaney Foods||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Kepak Kilbeggan||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Dawn Ballyhaunis||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Ashbourne Meats||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Meadowmeats Rathdowney||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Foyle Meats *incl 10c China approved +10c 320-380kgs||350*||355*|
|Charleville Foods||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Kepak Watergrasshill||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|ABP Bandon||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|ABP Cahir||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|ABP Waterford||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Dawn Grannagh||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|ABP Nenagh||345||345/350||260 – 320|
|Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle|