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IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today said Lakeland Dairies Co-op, by increasing their December price by 1c/l, had shown the way for other co-ops to follow.

The Ornua PPI for last month had increased to a milk price equivalent to 32.3c/l incl VAT, nearly 2c/l more than the average paid by co-ops for November – generalised milk price increases are well and truly overdue.

Mr Phelan urged the other co-op boards who will be deciding December milk prices this week, to follow the Lakeland example for December, and in order to get back to paying a sustainable milk price for 2020, to plan for further increases before the new season commences.

“We monitor market indicators for Europe and the global market, and calculate the milk price equivalent from the dairy commodity prices reported.  Those have improved quite significantly over the last 5 to 6 months, as shown in the graph,” Mr Phelan said.

“Still, our co-ops have not increased milk prices as much as they clearly can, and we urge them to correct the situation ahead of spring.  The high solids which underpinned milk cheques in the autumn will have crashed when milking resumes next month, and farmers will find themselves under serious cash flow pressure,” he said.

“A milk price increase of 1c/l on December milk supplies is the minimum co-ops must pass back to farmers, but they must also start planning to deliver sustainable milk prices for 2020, and this will require further increases before the season recommences,” he concluded.

 

 

Speaking at the Beef Taskforce meeting in Dublin today, the IFA President Joe Healy told the main retailers that the unsustainable discounting of top-quality beef was a race to the bottom that has to stop.

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Prices reported as quoted or paid to IFA Members

  • Strong factory demand.
  • Prices rising.
  • Steer base €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Heifers €3.60 – 3.65/kg.
  • Young Bulls O/R/U €3.30-3.60/kg.
  • Cows €2.80/3.40/kg.
  • In-spec bonus 20c/kg for under 30 months and 8c/kg for 30 to 36 months.
  • 12c/kg bonus for under 30 month steers and heifers grading O- and those with a fat class of 4+ that meet all other in spec criteria.
FACTORY BASE QUOTES C/KG
Steers Heifers Cows
Dawn Slane 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Athleague 360 360 280 – 330
Moyvalley Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Euro Farm Foods 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Clones 360 360
Liffey Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Slaney Foods 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Kilbeggan 360 360 280 – 330
Dawn Ballyhaunis 360 360 280 – 330
Ashbourne Meats 360 360 280 – 330
Meadowmeats Rathdowney 360 360 280 – 330
Foyle Meats                                     *incl 10c China approved +10c 320-380kgs 360* 365*
Charleville Foods 360 360 280 – 330
Kepak Watergrasshill 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Bandon 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Cahir 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Waterford 360 360 280 – 330
Dawn Grannagh 360 360 280 – 330
ABP Nenagh 360 360 280 – 330
Farmers should insist on payment on the day for their cattle

Brendan Golden has been elected as the new Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee at a meeting in Portlaoise this week.

He will take over from outgoing Chairman Angus Woods at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, Jan 27th.

Brendan Golden is suckler beef farmer from Killala Co Mayo, finishing mainly steer and young bull beef. He also sells some finished cows and heifer weanlings. He farms 70 suckler cows on 80 ha of owned and rented land alongside his wife Ann and three sons.

Speaking after his election, Brendan Golden said the challenges in the beef and livestock sector are immense. He said never was it more important for Irish beef farmers to adopt the principles of Unity, Strength and Delivery to improve the income situation of farmers on the ground.

Brendan Golden’s key priorities for beef and livestock farmers include;

  • An immediate lift in cattle prices to restore viability and increase farm incomes
  • Restoring and maintaining strong direct payments in CAP 2020 and through Farm Schemes.
  • Protecting the beef sector against Brexit and other trade deals.
  • Defending EU production standards and grass-based systems on environmental, food safety and traceability grounds.
  • Maximising market access for beef and live exports.
  • Supporting and maintaining the national suckler cow herd.

Brendan Golden said the Minister for Agriculture and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture must be prepared to stand up and fearlessly defend the Irish and European beef farmer and the family farm model.

Brendan Golden and the National Livestock Committee thanked the outgoing Chairman Angus Woods for strong and honest leadership of beef farmers over the last four years at national and European level.

The election was conducted by the IFA National Returning officer Richard Kennedy.

Overview

This season’s growing conditions have been better for some crops than others. It was certainly a more favourable season than last year’s drought-stricken conditions. The looming uncertainty of Brexit and trading environment made it very difficult to plan for the future.

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