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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said: “As IFA President Joe Healy stated last week, it was wrong of Agriculture Minister Creed to exclude prime beef cattle from dairy farmers from the BEAM scheme and it should be changed immediately”.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to move immediately to make changes to the pilot employment permit scheme which will address the rapidly worsening labour and skills shortages for dairy, horticulture, pigs and poultry farms.

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Global dairy output is down, intervention stocks empty – so why aren’t we seeing more market optimism?

2019 global milk supplies to May were estimated down 0.3% (down 0.4% for May itself), with US production static, New Zealand down as the season comes to a close, Australian supplies sharply reduced, Argentinian output well back, and only EU production up very modestly.

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IFA President Joe Healy said urgent changes are needed to the details of the €100m scheme proposed by Minister Creed yesterday.  IFA set out six principles for the distribution of the fund and the scheme should fully reflect these.

IFA put these principles clearly to Minister Creed at the consultation meeting yesterday.

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IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said the June PPI reduction of 1.6 points announced today by Ornua, which is equivalent to a milk price of 29.98c/l before VAT (31.6c/l incl VAT), still leaves room for the majority of co-ops to increase their June milk price by 1c/l.

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