The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association emerged as a farming lobby group, specifically for cattle and sheep farmers following the 1992 MacSharry Reform of the CAP. The farmers who began the development of ICSA identified a number of flaws and inequities introduced in the 1992 reform. These issues formed the basis of the ICSA policy objectives during the Agenda 2000 negotiations, through to the Fischler reforms of 2003 and continue to underpin our policies as CAP post 2013 negotiations progress.
One of ICSA’s biggest successes was the abolition of the coupled payments system for farm subsidies. Essentially, ICSA was the organisation that delivered the single payment – and we are now fighting to retain the maximum possible decoupled SFP envelope.
We represent the interests of drystock and sheep farmers throughout every county in Ireland, with the national office located in Portlaoise, Co. Laois – contact details here.
The ICSA is led by president Patrick Kent. A detailed organisational structure can be found here.
A comprehensive history of the ICSA is available here.