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Nov 30, 2016 | Press Releases | 0 comments

30 NOVEMBER 2016

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said Teagasc figures showing a likely drop of more than 10% in beef prices in 2017 illustrates how much current agriculture policies and the national strategy for expansion are out of touch with reality on the ground. “Food Wise 2025 is a call to beef farmers to expand production, which can now only be described as ludicrous advice. It simply does not make sense anymore and new policies need to be explored.” Mr Kent was speaking following the release of Teagasc’s Outlook for Agriculture Incomes in 2017.

“While report is shocking in terms of outlook for the beef sector in 2017, it is not surprising. It has been blatantly clear that this was coming down the line for beef farmers. Figures indicate that there are too many cattle in the country. With an additional 200,000 head of cattle for slaughter forecast for 2017, it is evident that new policies will have to be considered to address this new reality. Advising expansion in a loss making enterprise seems insane when it will only result in greater losses. When cattle numbers are up, prices have always gone down. The idea of cutting production in the beef sector now needs to be given serious consideration.”

Continuing Mr Kent said “Adding insult to injury, the Teagasc figures also indicate that dairy incomes are set to hit record levels 2017. We have seen continued rescue packages for that sector while other sectors are addressed merely as an afterthought. The figures must be seen as a wake-up call given that none of what Teagasc has predicted for beef farmers should come as a surprise to anyone.”


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ICSA president Dermot Kelleher has said it is unacceptable that some 18,600 farmers will have to wait until February 2024 to receive their ACRES payment. “ICSA, along with other farmer representatives, today (6 December) met with senior Department of Agriculture officials in Portlaoise for an update on payments from the various farm schemes. At this meeting we were informed that no participant of the Cooperation Project (CP) stream of ACRES tranche one will be paid until February at the earliest. This news will come as a devasting blow to all those farmers who have been already waiting far too long for their payments,” he said.

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