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Following an agreement with Glanbia that will see growers paid a higher price for wheat and barley, IFA has stood down their protest at the Glanbia feed mills in Portlaoise and Clonroche.

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IFA President said that Glanbia must make a significant move on grain price in order to end the IFA protests at their feed mills in Portlaoise and Clonroche.

“Farmers are angry at the base price set by Glanbia this year and they are demanding that Glanbia revisit this and make a significant move to improve the price,” he said.

Farmers have been protesting at the plant in Portlaoise since Friday night and at Clonroche in Wexford since Saturday morning.

IFA National Grain Chairman Mark Browne said, “We met Glanbia last week and we were very disappointed with the poor response. We had a further meeting on Saturday, and while it was a constructive meeting, no offer was put on the table”.

“We are in ongoing dialogue with Glanbia, but the protest will continue. The price put forward by Glanbia is simply not good enough,” he said.

IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne said that a delegation from the IFA Grain Committee met the Chairman and the Vice Chairs of Glanbia this week to convey the anger among growers about the Glanbia 2019 grain base grain price and seek a significant uplift in the base price quoted.

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Domestic Market

The harvest is virtually finished with growers making significant progress in Donegal after the fine spell last week. The beans are finished up in most places, however, yields have proved to be a little disappointing.

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IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has called on grain merchants, co-ops and compound feed mills not to follow the Glanbia lead on grain price.

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