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ICSA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON 14 DECEMBER

The contest to become the next national president of ICSA has begun with two candidates in the running following the conclusion of the formal nomination process. The candidates are: Dermot Kelleher, Co Cork. Mr Kelleher is a suckler farmer from Inchigeela in West...

NEW TB TESTING REQUIREMENTS NOT SIGNED OFF BY ICSA

ICSA Animal Health and Welfare chair Hugh Farrell has hit out at the Department of Agriculture for stating that new TB testing regulations under the European Animal Health Law have been rolled out with the agreement of stakeholders. “I want to make it clear that ICSA...

ICSA STATEMENT ON FINAL REPORT OF BEEF VISION GROUP

“The ICSA reserves its position on the entire report due to the lack of concrete commitments around funding for the measures. The ICSA is not supportive of measures which lead to reduced output, in the absence of a coherent plan to support viable suckler, beef and...

LONG AWAITED AGRI FOOD REGULATOR WELCOMED BY ICSA

ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said the Agri Food Regulator must deliver on its promise of fairness and transparency for the meat sector. “The establishment of this important office has been a long time coming and beef and lamb producers in particular will be...

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...
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