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Commenting on the very day that the GDT is having its 200th auction, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said that while international dairy prices are easing, Irish co-ops are still benefiting from contract returns signed in better times, as evidenced by the September rise in the Ornua PPI.

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Following a meeting with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald this week, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to review the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).

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Did you know that 72% of Irish men purchase dairy for its health benefits but only 65% of Irish women have the same motivation. 35% of Irish people are currently limiting dairy of some kind while avoidance or limiting is more prominent among women – 41% compared to 30% of men.

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Commenting on the announcement this week by Lakeland and Aurivo of 3-year fixed milk price contracts for their suppliers, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said that for farmers to have the option to fix the price for a portion of their production could be a very valuable way of managing volatile incomes.

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Commenting at the launch of Ireland’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance today (Wed), IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said antimicrobial resistance will only be addressed though a fact-based multi-faceted approach to antibiotic usage.

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