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ORGANICS SCHEME: EXISTING PARTICIPANTS MUST RE-APPLY

ICSA Organics chair Fergal Byrne has reminded farmers currently in the Organics Scheme to re-apply for the scheme as their contracts will not automatically roll over into next year. “Existing Organics Scheme participants will have had their contracts roll over for the...

€12 IS AN INSULT TO SHEEP FARMERS

ICSA Sheep chair Sean McNamara has described the €12 on offer through the new Sheep Improvement Scheme as woefully inadequate and an insult to sheep farmers. “CAP payments are supposed to support farmers, not make a mockery of them. €12 per breeding ewe is an insult...

DEADLOCK AT BEEF VISION GROUP REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE MINISTERIAL INTERVENTION

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has called for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, the Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport Eamon Ryan and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue...

BURREN PROGRAMME MUST BE SAVED

ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch has called on Minister McConalogue to review the disastrous decision to replace the Burren Programme with the generic ACRES Co-operation scheme. “The Minister is risking undermining the incredible progress made in regenerating the...

FOOD VISION BEEF REPORT NOT ACCEPTABLE WITHOUT SUPPORT FOR ACTIVE FARMERS

ICSA beef chair Edmund Graham said that it was looking increasingly likely that the Food Vision Beef report will be rejected in its entirety following Friday’s meeting of the group. “We are trying to get as good a package as possible for beef and suckler farmers who...

ICSA SLAMS POOR PRICE PERFORMANCE OF BEEF AND CALLS INTO QUESTION WHAT SBLAS IS DOING FOR IRISH FARMERS

-EVEN POLISH BEEF PRICES ARE AHEAD ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has called for an explanation as to why Irish beef prices have fallen so far behind the prices in countries we export to. “It now appears that our quality assurance scheme (SBLAS) is a complete failure...

EU FERTILISER RESPONSE WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has slammed the EU response to the fertiliser cost crisis as “woefully inadequate” and he added that there were echoes of the disastrous thinking that caused chaos in Sri Lanka. “The EU response is that we need to move away from chemical...

SEAN McNAMARA SAYS LAMBS MUST REACH €9.30/KG TO COPE WITH MASSIVE COST RISE

ICSA Sheep chair Sean McNamara has said the increased cost of finishing lambs this winter will push sheep farmers out of business unless processors commit to increasing prices substantially. “With the current price of meal, feeding lambs this winter will be impossible...

ICSA HAS NOT AGREED TO ANY MEASURES ON BEEF VISION

ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has confirmed that ICSA has not agreed to any of the proposed measures to reduce emissions at today’s meeting (Monday October 24) of the Beef Vision group. “ICSA has reiterated that it will not accept any attempt to make sucklers the...

ICSA WILL NOT ACCEPT SUCKLER FAMRING BEING THE FALL GUY FOR CLIMATE TARGETS

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher said that the association would not accept any proposal from the Food Vision process that makes suckler farming the fall-guy for the climate targets. “There has been a lot of speculation that the suckler herd will be sacrificed to...
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