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10-point plan for Hill Farmers launched at National Hill Forum

IFA President Joe Healy has said that the current environmental scheme available to farmers in Hill areas is inadequate and needs to be improved in the upcoming CAP negotiations.

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With the Heritage Bill to extend the dates for burning gorse and hedge-cutting passing final stage in the Dail this week, IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy said that an early conclusion is now necessary with immediate implementation.

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IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy led a delegation to meet Department of Agriculture officials today to break the logjam that has developed where a substantial number of GLAS commonage farmers still remain to be paid their final 15% instalment for 2017.

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Sheep farmers reacted angrily and pushed back hard on the attempts by the factories to cut lamb prices over the weekend, IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy has said. He said agents were on the receiving end of farmer anger when plants tried to cut the price by another 30c on last week’s price.

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IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to reject a claim that a public right of way existed over a landowner’s property in Co. Wicklow.

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