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HUGH FARRELL APPOINTED ICSA GENERAL SECRETARY

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Farrell to the position of ICSA general secretary. A native of Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Mr. Farrell has been a senior official within ICSA for many years, most recently serving as chair of the Animal Health and Welfare Committee.

TILLAGE PLAN NEEDS STRONG FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

ICSA Tillage chair Gavin Carberry has said Minister McConalogue must put money on the table if the decline in the area under tillage is to be reversed. “The tillage sector is in dire need of a significant and multi-year financial boost which must be delivered if the Department are serious about meeting the target of increasing the tillage area to 400,000ha by 2030 as part of the Climate Action Plan,” he said.

ICSA WELCOMES IN-PERSON TRAINING OPTION FOR SCEP PARTICIPANTS

ICSA Suckler chair Jimmy Cosgrave has welcomed the announcement by Minister McConalogue today that in-person training will be provided as an option for SCEP participants. “This is something that ICSA looked for and I am pleased that the Minister has seen the merit in our argument. The decision will come as a great relief to many farmers who faced considerable challenges with the online training for a variety of reasons,” he said.

ALTERNATIVE SCEP TRAINING OPTIONS MUST BE PROVIDED

ICSA Suckler chair Jimmy Cosgrave has hit out at the Department of Agriculture’s decision to offer only online training to participants of the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP). “This move is very concerning, especially considering the older age demographic of suckler farmers. Many of these farmers may not have reliable internet access or have the necessary computer skills to navigate complex online platforms. The focus should be on ensuring as many farmers as possible can benefit from the scheme rather than putting barriers in place,” he said.

ICSA SLAMS UNFAIR TARGETING OF IRISH LIVESTOCK HAULIERS ABROAD

ICSA president Sean McNamara has said he is urgently seeking clarification regarding the recent targeting of Irish livestock trucks by Irish officials at the port of Cherbourg. “ICSA has been contacted by several of the livestock hauliers affected who claim they were singled out by the Irish officials for additional inspections by the French authorities while non livestock carrying trucks were left alone. This was despite these inspections having no relevance to animal welfare,” he said.

ICSA LIFE FOCUS TO HOST FARMER GATHERING

ICSA’s Life Focus group will host a farmer gathering on Sunday 14 April at the Castletown Geoghegan Community Hall in Castletown Geoghegan, Co Westmeath, Eircode N91 NV0T. The gathering will commence at 7.30pm.

ICSA SLAMS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO NUTRIENT EXCRETION RATES

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has slammed the proposal to reduce the nutrient excretion rates of heifers while increasing the rates for male cattle as part of the interim review of the Nitrates Action Programme. “As an organisation representing drystock farmers we believe these changes are fundamentally unfair and biased. It appears to us to be no more than a deliberate manoeuvre to skew nitrates data in favour of one sector at the expense of another,” he said.

UNWORKABLE DEADLINE UNDER NATIONAL SHEEP WELFARE SCHEME MUST BE AMENDED

ICSA president Sean McNamara has welcomed the opening of the National Sheep Welfare Scheme but said the October date for completion of the necessary actions needs to be pushed back. “Setting a mid-October deadline is highly impractical for hill sheep farmers, as their livestock will still be out grazing on the mountains at that time. To fulfil the required actions, ewes would need to be brought down from the mountains, a task typically not undertaken until late October and into November,” he said.

FINANCIAL AID FOR FARMERS MORE URGENT THAN EVER AS ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS CONTINUE

ICSA president Sean McNamara has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, to suspend non-essential farm inspections until April 22. “This move, at least, signals an acknowledgment from the Department of Agriculture regarding the significant challenges farmers are facing due to adverse weather conditions. However, we also want an assurance that any inspections that do go ahead will take these adverse conditions into account,” he said.

CONVENING OF NFFSC MUST KICKSTART EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO WEATHER RELATED DIFFICULTIES FACING FARMERS

ICSA president Sean McNamara has said the convening of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee (NFFSC) tomorrow must kick start an emergency response to the ongoing difficulties facing farmers amidst continuing heavy rainfall. “With any hope of an early spring well and truly dashed and any fodder reserves dwindling fast it is clear this committee needs to rapidly reassess the current situation on the ground, including the extent of the fodder shortages and the impact of continued wet weather on farming operations,” he said.

HUGH FARRELL APPOINTED ICSA GENERAL SECRETARY

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Farrell to the position of ICSA general secretary. A native of Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Mr. Farrell has been a senior official within ICSA for many years, most recently serving as chair of the Animal Health and Welfare Committee.

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TILLAGE PLAN NEEDS STRONG FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

ICSA Tillage chair Gavin Carberry has said Minister McConalogue must put money on the table if the decline in the area under tillage is to be reversed. “The tillage sector is in dire need of a significant and multi-year financial boost which must be delivered if the Department are serious about meeting the target of increasing the tillage area to 400,000ha by 2030 as part of the Climate Action Plan,” he said.

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ICSA WELCOMES IN-PERSON TRAINING OPTION FOR SCEP PARTICIPANTS

ICSA Suckler chair Jimmy Cosgrave has welcomed the announcement by Minister McConalogue today that in-person training will be provided as an option for SCEP participants. “This is something that ICSA looked for and I am pleased that the Minister has seen the merit in our argument. The decision will come as a great relief to many farmers who faced considerable challenges with the online training for a variety of reasons,” he said.

Read More

ALTERNATIVE SCEP TRAINING OPTIONS MUST BE PROVIDED

ICSA Suckler chair Jimmy Cosgrave has hit out at the Department of Agriculture’s decision to offer only online training to participants of the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP). “This move is very concerning, especially considering the older age demographic of suckler farmers. Many of these farmers may not have reliable internet access or have the necessary computer skills to navigate complex online platforms. The focus should be on ensuring as many farmers as possible can benefit from the scheme rather than putting barriers in place,” he said.

Read More

ICSA SLAMS UNFAIR TARGETING OF IRISH LIVESTOCK HAULIERS ABROAD

ICSA president Sean McNamara has said he is urgently seeking clarification regarding the recent targeting of Irish livestock trucks by Irish officials at the port of Cherbourg. “ICSA has been contacted by several of the livestock hauliers affected who claim they were singled out by the Irish officials for additional inspections by the French authorities while non livestock carrying trucks were left alone. This was despite these inspections having no relevance to animal welfare,” he said.

Read More

ICSA SLAMS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO NUTRIENT EXCRETION RATES

ICSA Beef chair John Cleary has slammed the proposal to reduce the nutrient excretion rates of heifers while increasing the rates for male cattle as part of the interim review of the Nitrates Action Programme. “As an organisation representing drystock farmers we believe these changes are fundamentally unfair and biased. It appears to us to be no more than a deliberate manoeuvre to skew nitrates data in favour of one sector at the expense of another,” he said.

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HUGH FARRELL APPOINTED ICSA GENERAL SECRETARY

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Farrell to the position of ICSA general secretary. A native of Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Mr. Farrell has been a senior official within ICSA for many years, most recently serving as chair of the Animal Health and Welfare Committee.

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