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Speaking from the Virginia Dairy Show today, IFA President Joe Healy said real solutions and compromise will be required in the Brexit negotiations to safeguard the vitally important cross-border agriculture trade on the island of Ireland.

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The delivery of a strong, sustainable and competitive agriculture sector requires an increase in the CAP budget, IFA President Joe Healy has said.

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IFA President Joe Healy has accused Supervalu of acting unethically by offering customers free potatoes and carrots when they buy beef, which they are also promoting at a discounted price.

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Speaking from Brussels where the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament will today discuss the EU Food Chain report on increased price transparency and independent enforcement to strengthen farmers’ position with retailers, IFA President Joe Healy said it is critical that these recommendations are introduced without delay and actively enforced to rebalance power in favour of farmers.

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Following the IFA livestock meeting in Tullamore Co Offaly entitled ‘Beef Challenges 2017’, IFA President Joe Healy said based on market returns and the recent positive changes to the sterling exchange rate, the meat factories have major scope to increase beef prices. He said the change in sterling from 89p back to 84p in recent weeks is worth an additional 25c/kg in returns and all of this must be passed back to winter finishers. Joe Healy pointed out factories were quick to inflict price cuts when sterling weakened following the Brexit vote last summer.

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