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ALDI PRICE CUTS ON BEEF AND LAMB PERPETUATING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has hit out at Aldi for claiming that their latest round of price cuts will not impact on the prices paid to any of its suppliers. “This is a ludicrous claim; Aldi’s assertion that their price cuts will not affect their suppliers is simply unacceptable and out of touch with the reality faced by Irish farmers. It is our assertion that cutting the prices of Irish beef and lamb directly undermines the efforts and livelihoods of Irish cattle and sheep farmers,” he said.

KEEP DOGS UNDER SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES TO PROTECT VULNERABLE LIVESTOCK

ICSA president Sean McNamara has today issued a plea to the public to remain vigilant and responsible for their dogs to prevent devastating attacks on sheep. “Just last week ICSA’s Wexford chair Des Greene lost a number of in-lamb ewes in a devastating attack by two dogs that had travelled more than two kilometres to wreak havoc. We are pleading with all dog owners to take measures to prevent their pets from roaming unsupervised near farmland. It is imperative that owners of dogs understand the gravity of their responsibility and take appropriate action to prevent attacks on livestock,” he said.

ACRES PAYMENTS SHAMBLES MUST NEVER BE REPEATED

ACRES PAYMENTS SHAMBLES MUST NEVER BE REPEATED

CHEQUEBOOK DELAYS AT AIB BANK CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR FARMERS

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has said he is deeply concerned about AIB Bank’s inability to issue replacement chequebooks to their customers to due to a supply issue. “This situation is not only inconvenient but poses a significant challenge for farmers across Ireland who heavily rely on cheques in their day-to-day business operations,” he said.

NEW ICSA PRESIDENT VOWS TO FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS FOR FARMERS AT THE ICSA AGM & ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

ICSA president Sean McNamara has vowed to stand up for fairness for farmers, to stand up for realness in the food security debate, and to stand up for the good work farmers have already done – and are doing – on climate action during his inaugural speech as president of the association. Mr McNamara took over the reins from outgoing ICSA president, Dermot Kelleher, at the ICSA AGM and Annual Conference held in Athlone today (1 Feb 2024).

ICSA AGM AND ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

The ICSA AGM and Annual Conference will take place on Thursday 1 February 2024 at the Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone, Co Roscommon. The event will feature special guest speaker Mr Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

RESUMPTION OF CHINESE EXPORTS MUST LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN BEEF PRICE

ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has said the resumption of beef exports to China is welcome but stressed that farmers must see a dividend as a result this time. “We have fought hard once again to get Irish beef back into the Chinese market and the opportunity is there to really make that market count, and count for the primary producers of beef, not just the processors. The resumption of exports to China must lead to an increase in beef price,” he said.

ICSA WELCOMES EU ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE DECISION TO EXCLUDE CATTLE FARMS FROM IED

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has welcomed the decision of the European Parliament Environment committee to support the compromise position to exclude cattle from the EU’s proposed Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). “Cattle farms should never have been expected to undertake massively complex processes for compulsory licensing requirements. It simply isn’t feasible for a family farm – without a team of hired professionals on the staff – to comply with requirements that are perhaps appropriate to large enterprises with significant staffing levels.”

OT ATTACK ON RED MEAT IS OTT – ICSA

ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has called on RTE and the producers of the TV programme Operation Transformation to issue an apology to the farmers of Ireland for wildly misleading claims that red meat causes cancer. “On last night’s show (10 Jan) dietitian Sophie Pratt came out with the statement that red meat ‘has been linked to cancer’ and went on to insinuate that any more than two portions a week were detrimental to health. This is deeply misleading, and we are disappointed that such over-the-top advice would be given out on Operation Transformation,” he said.

INVESTIGATION INTO BORD BIA QA PROPOSALS NEEDED

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said he is horrified by Bord Bia proposed recommendations that quality assured (QA) cattle farmers should only buy livestock from other certified QA farms. “This is potentially a matter for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to investigate whether this is a breach of competition law being proposed by a state agency. This is essentially barring access to the market for sellers, and it is restricting the choice of stock available to buyers. We recall that the CCPC was not shy in getting involved when poor prices were discussed at meetings such as the Beef Forum to ensure that the state kept out of market related business,” he said. 

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ALDI PRICE CUTS ON BEEF AND LAMB PERPETUATING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has hit out at Aldi for claiming that their latest round of price cuts will not impact on the prices paid to any of its suppliers. “This is a ludicrous claim; Aldi's assertion that their price cuts will not affect their suppliers is simply unacceptable and out of touch with the reality faced by Irish farmers. It is our assertion that cutting the prices of Irish beef and lamb directly undermines the efforts and livelihoods of Irish cattle and sheep farmers,” he said.

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ALDI PRICE CUTS ON BEEF AND LAMB PERPETUATING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has hit out at Aldi for claiming that their latest round of price cuts will not impact on the prices paid to any of its suppliers. “This is a ludicrous claim; Aldi's assertion that their price cuts will not affect their suppliers is simply unacceptable and out of touch with the reality faced by Irish farmers. It is our assertion that cutting the prices of Irish beef and lamb directly undermines the efforts and livelihoods of Irish cattle and sheep farmers,” he said.

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