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IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy and an IFA delegation of sheep farmers had a positive meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in Cork today.

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IFA President Joe Healy confirmed that IFA would consider their next move in its beef price campaign at tomorrow’s National Council meeting.

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Speaking at the weekly sheep sale in Tuam Mart Co Galway today, IFA President Joe Healy highlighted the income difficulties on sheep farms across the country.  He said strong action from Government through domestic and EU supports, along with higher lamb prices from the factories, are needed to secure this very important farm enterprise into the future.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described current ground conditions as challenging and deteriorating.  Met Eireann is predicting rainfall of 50mm in the west and northwest in the next 48 hours, which will exacerbate the situation.

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IFA National Sheep Chairman, Sean Dennehy said it is positive that all lamb factories are back up and running at full capacity this week.

He said the trade is stable with factories paying €4.60/4.65/kg and top prices of €4.75/4.85, including bonuses.

He said it is very important that factories keep a firm floor in prices over the next few weeks.

Sean Dennehy said it was also time that factories increased carcase weights, at least up to 22kgs.

In addition, he said it is very important that factories do not penalise famers on weights or specs because they were unable to sell lambs over the last three weeks.


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