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IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that farmers that have been affected by the ash dieback disease must be given the option not to replant, without penalties.

“Many of the farmers affected by ash dieback feel abandoned by this Government,” said Mr. Nally.

He said farmers were never been properly compensated for the financial losses inflicted on them as a result of the disease. “The previous reconstitution schemes supported farmers to manage or replant infected woodlands depending on the rate of infection and/or height of trees, however farmers never received any compensation for the loss of timber revenue. This is unacceptable to IFA,” said Mr. Nally.

Ash accounts for over 25,000 hectares or 3.8% of the total forest estate according to the 2017 National Forest Inventory. Approximately 60% of this area is under 30 years of age. The vast majority of these woodlands are owned and managed by farmers.

He said it is important the new scheme makes good on this by compensating farmers for the loss of timber earning and provides a forest premium on the replanted land for 15 years according to GPC rate planted.

“Many of those that planted were dependent on the projected income from the woodland for their pension and the disease has effectively rendered the investment and their land worthless,” said Mr. Nally.

He stressed that the scheme must be open to all infected woodlands, particularly when the experience of forest owners in mainland Europe is considered, which suggests that the majority of ash trees in infected woodlands would decline or die over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Irish ash woodlands fall into a high-risk category since they were established typically in single specie blocks”, said Mr. Nally.

He concluded that the lack of scheme meant that essential management and monitoring of diseased woodlands was not happening which presented a safety risk as heavily infected trees can become brittle and unstable.

“A new scheme with appropriate supports must be introduced as a matter of urgency, with the option for farmers not to replant if that is their preferred choice, “said Mr. Nally.

 

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has described proposals to cut the national suckler cow herd from the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) as, “unacceptable, lazy and  flawed”.

He called on the Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed to immediately reject these discriminatory and nonsensical proposals.

“Minister Creed is on record as saying there is no Government agenda to cut the suckler herd. The Minister needs to make it clear that this report from the CCAC is not Government policy, and that he will not be supporting it”.

“In a report commissioned by IFA in 2018, UCC Prof. Thia Hennessey calculated that a 50 % cut in the suckler cow herd would result in a €1.5bn reduction to national economic output, with up to 80% of the impact in western counties from Donegal to Kerry,” he said.

“It is totally wrong and unfair of the CCAC to try and push all of the weight of climate change on top of the suckler cow herd. The Council ignores the hard work of suckler farmers in addressing climate change.”

He said suckler cow farmers are the leaders in agriculture in terms of tackling climate change.

Under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) are estimating a 14% reduction in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from sucklers by 2030.

Angus Woods pointed out that this is before other technologies are adopted and deployed.

“In marginal land areas, suckler and sheep farming are the only options because of land type. Suckler and sheep farming are essential to the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of rural areas. Contrary to the views of the CCAC, suckler and sheep farming are vital in terms of maintaining the environment, the biodiversity and preventing land abandonment.”

He said the fall in suckler cow numbers of 14% over the last decade, has already left some areas with real socio-economic problems.

The IFA Livestock leader pointed out that Irish beef farmers are amongst the most carbon efficient food producers in the world, due our grass-based model of food production.

“Reducing the Irish suckler herd will result in an increase in global emissions through carbon leakage, as beef would be produced in countries with less sustainable systems,” Angus Woods concluded.

Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Steer base €3.50/3.55/kg.
  • Heifers €3.60/3.65/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.30-3.60/kg.
  • Cows €2.70/3.30/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dunbia 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Kepak Athleague 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Moyvalley Meats 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
ABP Clones 350/355 360/365
Slaney Foods 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Kepak Kilbeggan 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Liffey Meats 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Kildare Chilling 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Dawn Ballyhaunis 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Ashbourne Meats 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Foyle Meats                               *incl 10c 300-380kgs China approved 355* 360*
Charleville Foods 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Kepak Watergrasshill 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
ABP Bandon 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
ABP Cahir 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
ABP Waterford 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
Dawn Grannagh 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
ABP Nenagh 350/355 360/365 270 – 330
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