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Find out about the latest update on the Mercosur trade negotiations.

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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.

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Domestic Market

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.

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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.

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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
Steers Heifers Cows
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
ABP Clones 355/360 365/370
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

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.


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