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‘Expecting farmers to take €3.45/kg at the factory gate is not sustainable’

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Expecting farmers to take €3.45/kg at the factory gate is not sustainable.
'Expecting farmers to take €3.45/kg at the factory gate is not sustainable.Currently, there is an over-supply of beef on the European market, and the elimination of the dairy quotas has increased the number of calves born every year – of a lesser or poorer quality than what would be coming off the standard suckler cow herd.This is according to Fianna Fáil’s deputy Timmy Dooley who spoke to AgriLand  recently about the domestic crisis in the beef sector from his native Co.Clare.Also Read: Revealed: Conclusions agreed in stakeholder beef talks And, while admitting there “is a problem”, Dooley also pointed to the fact that “over-supply is depressing prices”. “Factories are able to get a supply of cattle – maybe not great quality – but they are getting them – from those dairy herds and that is depressing the market,” he continued.It is no longer viable for the suckler farmer because of the costs associated with that enterprise; expecting farmers to take €3.45/kg at the factory gate is not sustainable. “While dairying is driving ahead, unfortunately the suckler and beef side of things is under enormous pressure.” Dolley says that as a country “we are going to have to come up with imaginative ideas to sustain the trade”. It is an important and vital part of the rural fabric of this country.He added: “The fact of the matter is that not every landholding is suitable to dairying – the suckler cow is far more adaptable to poorer quality land. “Then, there are better tracts of land for the raising and finishing of beef but certainly at the moment it is a very worrying time for beef farmers.” ‘Uncertainty caused by Brexit’ Meanwhile, Co.Clare’s Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) chairman Willie Hanrahan says that aside from the beef crisis, farming – in general – “is taking a huge hit at the moment”. Hanrahan runs a dairy farm in partnership with is son outside Doonbeg.He points to Brexit as one of the main causes of the difficulties in the farming sector here.Farming is taking a huge hit at the moment as well – it’s the uncertainty caused by Brexit and the lack of confidence that is out there in relation to markets.He continued: “There is no confidence in anything at the moment. “A no-deal Brexit could be very, very serious and people are aware of that fact now.” . The post ‘Expecting farmers to take €3.45/kg at the factory gate is not sustainable’ appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Grain price: WASDE report doesn’t help prices

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This week, many farmers were paid money on account for grain which has been delivered.The injection will provide cash-flow for farmers, but the top-up might not be significant when harvest comes to a close, as grain prices show no sign of upward
'This week, many farmers were paid money on account for grain which has been delivered.The injection will provide cash-flow for farmers, but the top-up might not be significant when harvest comes to a close, as grain prices show no sign of upward movements.In the UK, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has reported that UK barley is competitive in export markets at present.Commenting on the situation James Webster of the AHDB stated: “In the week ending August 8, 2019, spot ex-farm purchases hit 63,000t, the first time barley purchases have reached that amount on records going back to July 2000. “Moreover, cumulative, spot purchases of feed barley have accelerated to 235,000t, a figure not reached until April last season.” WASDE report As reported earlier in the week by AgriLand , US corn took a dramatic drop in price due to a forecast rise in supplies.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – in its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report – estimated that corn production will hit 13.6 billion bushels; that’s up 26 million bushels on the July estimate and equates to approximately 565,000t.A rise in corn supplies and drop in price is, in general, bad for Irish farmers who last year saw corn replace barley and wheat in feed rations due to its competitive price.Wheat prices also took a dip following the release of the report, but global ending stocks of wheat have also been revised down by 1.1 million tonnes.While stocks remain at record levels the lowering of supplies may give some support to the market.According to the report, barley production is raised in Argentina and Russia, but is lowered for the EU, Turkey and Kazakhstan.However, malting barley prices continued to drop this week.The Free-On-Board (FOB) Creil price hit €161/t on Tuesday, August 13.Grain markets . The post Grain price: WASDE report doesn’t help prices appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

IFA calls on Irish pig processors to ‘bridge the price lag’

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German pig price has gone up by 14c/kg in the past three weeks while Irish pig price continues to lag behind according to the chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Pigs Committee, Tom Hogan.
'German pig price has gone up by 14c/kg in the past three weeks while Irish pig price continues to lag behind according to the chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Pigs Committee, Tom Hogan.Hogan explained: “The price might seem okay at the moment however the market is returning more and we’re not getting it. “Farmers are being told by factories that there’s no move and it’s frustrating as the same happened last March.” Hogan said “pig processors are telling farmers the Chinese return isn’t as good as it seems.What we see ourselves is that supply in Europe would definitely be tight and the European price is stronger and equally imports would be more expensive. “While there probably was a good share of product in storage, the domestic market in China has increased. “When you look at China, it’s just over 12 months since the first African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak and supplies are really tightening up there at the moment The IFA Pigs Committee chair said: “We will look for meetings with all the processors and I feel at this stage that if something doesn’t happen there will be protests again of some sort or another.” Concluding, Hogan called on processors to up their pig prices and said: “At this stage, relationships are at breaking point and are not as good as they should be with farmers and processors.” . The post IFA calls on Irish pig processors to ‘bridge the price lag’ appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

‘New’ tractor brand to debut at the National Ploughing Championships

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A tractor brand that is new to Ireland will likely be unveiled at this year’s National Ploughing Championships (close to Fenagh, Co.Carlow) next month.The entity is Basak Tractor – a Turkish manufacturer that is attempting to expand into western
'A tractor brand that is new to Ireland will likely be unveiled at this year’s National Ploughing Championships (close to Fenagh, Co.Carlow) next month.The entity is Basak Tractor – a Turkish manufacturer that is attempting to expand into western Europe.The company already showed off its wares at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland some time ago (June 20-23). This tractor (pictured above and below – at the Royal Highland Show) is the Basak 5120; it’s the newest offering from the company.The tractor is apparently home to a (circa) 120hp (3.6L) Deutz engine and a ZF transmission that incorporates a partial powershift.The Turkish-based manufacturer is also expected to bring a telescopic handler (pictured below) at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.As ever, stay tuned to AgriLand for further details of these machines – as they emerge.Ford and Steyr links It’s worth noting that Basak has been involved in the tractor business since at least the 1960s – originally in a licensing agreement with Ford.Later it moved on to building Steyr-branded models in the mid-to-late 1970s, before starting to manufacture its own-brand machines in 1996.In 2012, the company became part of Sanko Group (which reportedly employs over 14,000 people). The tractor factory is located in Sakarya; annual production capacity is apparently up to 10,000 units.The company’s stated mission is to “supply quality and efficient tractors – to increase market share”. Meanwhile, preparations are ongoing for this year’s National Ploughing Championships – the 88th in the event’s long history.It will kick off on Tuesday, September 17, and run until Thursday, September 19. . The post ‘New’ tractor brand to debut at the National Ploughing Championships appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Factories must put €30 million ‘on the table’ to fix grid – IFA treasurer

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Factories must contribute €30 million to make changes to the beef grid system, according to the treasurer of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Tim Cullinan, who is also a candidate for the association’s presidency, was speaking after talks
'Factories must contribute €30 million to make changes to the beef grid system, according to the treasurer of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Tim Cullinan, who is also a candidate for the association’s presidency, was speaking after talks between farmer representative groups, processors and officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.Cullinan said that, should Meat Industry Ireland (MII) – the group that represents processors – return to the talks without “money on the table”, it would “quite simply undermine beef farmers and undermine the negotiations”. Any talk by the factories of reviewing the grid, without putting money on the table to fix it, is absolutely disingenuous and will not yield any results for beef farmers, who have been severely penalised by the same grid for many years. “The factories must put their hands in their pockets if the grid issue is to be resolved.There is no point in MII going away from the talks to consider the grid system if they are not prepared to come back to the table with €30 million to address the issues which are weighing on farmers and cutting their incomes,” added Cullinan.He claimed that a failure to do so on the part of MII would be “merely paying lip service” to the talks. “The fact is, the grid cannot and will not be fixed without money,” Cullinan argued.These talks have taken place on the back of a nationwide series of protests, spearheaded by the Beef Plan Movement, at meat plants around the country. “Beef farmers lost up to €30 million in income last year alone, as a consequence of the penalties imposed by the factory-run grid system,” according to the IFA treasurer. “The system is heavily stacked against farmers and weighted towards the factories.At a time when incomes are under pressure, the grid places further unacceptable and unbearable costs on beef and suckler farmers,” Cullinan concluded. . The post Factories must put €30 million ‘on the table’ to fix grid – IFA treasurer appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

National Heritage Week to bring Kilkenny’s past into focus

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ARCHEOLOGY, photography, construction, farming, ancestry and artistry are the basis of just some of the events taking place locally for National Heritage Week.Starting this Saturday, the theme of this year’s Heritage Week in county Kilkenny is
'ARCHEOLOGY, photography, construction, farming, ancestry and artistry are the basis of just some of the events taking place locally for National Heritage Week.Starting this Saturday, the theme of this year’s Heritage Week in county Kilkenny is Pastimes & Past Times.The week-long programme, with mostly free events, includes something for everyone from building a round tower, sketching, an archaeology dig, photography, old-fashion threshing, gardening, ancestry, hiking, and circus performing.Heritage Week is part of a Europe-wide initiative to raise awareness and appreciation of the heritage that surrounds us.Speaking at the launch of Kilkenny’s Heritage Week Programme, Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer, Kilkenny County Council said: “Heritage Week helps raise awareness about our heritage and gives everyone an opportunity to get involved, to learn more and have fun.” To find out what’s happening in County Kilkenny and beyond, see “What’s on” at www.heritageweek.ie . Copies of the National Heritage Week Event Brochure are also available in all Library branches and at County Hall. \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t . The post National Heritage Week to bring Kilkenny’s past into focus appeared first on KilkennyNow.ie .'

Intel Ireland urges An Bord Pleanála to dismiss ‘vexatious’ farmer’s appeal

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by Gordon Deegan Intel Ireland has requested An Bord Pleanála to use rarely used powers to dismiss, what it claims, is the ‘vexatious’ appeal by farmer, Thomas Reid against its planned $4 billion investment.
'by Gordon Deegan Intel Ireland has requested An Bord Pleanála to use rarely used powers to dismiss, what it claims, is the ‘vexatious’ appeal by farmer, Thomas Reid against its planned $4 billion investment.The Irish arm of the chip giant has made the request because it claims that much of the appeal lodged by Reid against Intel’s new ‘Fab’ plant at Leixlip “is vexatious”. As a result, Intel Ireland has requested An Bord Pleanála to invoke Section 138 of the Planning and Development Act where the appeals board can dismiss appeals if it finds them to be “vexatious, frivolous or without substance or foundation”. Intel Ireland has made the request in documentation lodged with the appeals board in response to the proceedings initiated by Reid.Kildare County Council gave the project the go-ahead in May but Reid is single-handedly trying to stop the massive investment from proceeding.Objections and considerations Reid of Hedsor House, Blakestown, Carton, Maynooth, has been challenging the US multinational in the planning arena for some time now.This is the seventh Intel application he has brought before An Bord Pleanála since 2012.The planning permission follows three years on from Intel having secured planning permission for the first phase of the ‘Fab’ facility valued at $4 billion – which was also opposed by Reid at An Bord Pleanála.In total, the two planning permissions represent an $8 billion (€7.15 billion) investment which will employ 6,000 construction workers at peak and 1,600 full-time jobs upon completion.This represents the largest single private investment  in the history of the state – on one project – if given the go-ahead by Intel globally.Intel has already invested $12.5 billion on its site at Leixlip.Planning and development Meanwhile, in Reid’s five page hand-written appeal, he claims that the proposal is contrary to the proper planning and development of the area and has requested an oral hearing.However, consultants for Intel Ireland – Jacobs Engineering – have told the appeals board: “As with previous objections and previous appeals made by Mr Reid, it is submitted that much of the appeal is vexatious”. The consultants state that while the Reid appeal “cites many of the identified issues as comprising major impacts, it provides no substantiation, nor basis for such statements”.      Jacobs Engineering states that Reid has a number of concerns in his appeal “that we submit are unfounded”. The consultants have asked the appeals board to undertake their consideration of the Reid appeal “in as short a time-frame as possible” as many of the issues identified in the appeal have been already assessed and addressed.Award-winning documentary Last year Reid was the subject of an award-winning documentary over his successful supreme court battle with the IDA concerning the use of compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers.In 2015, he emerged victorious in his battle with the IDA  after a unanimous supreme court found, that the IDA’s making of a CPO for Reid’s 72-acre farm adjacent to the Intel campus had been in excess of its powers.A decision is due on the Intel case in October. . The post Intel Ireland urges An Bord Pleanála to dismiss ‘vexatious’ farmer’s appeal appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Minister confirms ‘progress’ following beef talks conclusion

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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has this morning, August 13, noted the progress made with talks on the beef sector which concluded earlier today.At this stage it is anticipated that discussions will re-convene on
'The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has this morning, August 13, noted the progress made with talks on the beef sector which concluded earlier today.At this stage it is anticipated that discussions will re-convene on Thursday or Monday.AgriLand understands that a decision will be made by processors to accept or refuse the tabled resolutions ; if accepted, a second meeting will be called for next week – however, if rejected, the meeting could be held this Thursday, August 15.The minister thanked participants and Michael Dowling for chairing the discussions.He also urged “continued constructive dialogue” in the coming days.The talks between Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Beef Plan Movement, farm organisations and state agencies concluded after more than 12 hours of discussions shortly after 2am and, while some compromise was made, MII has taken the proposals and intends to reflect on a number of the issues raised with its members.Also Read: Beef talks conclude following 12-hour marathon Meanwhile in a statement the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) pointed out that Dowling will circulate a document based on the proposals that were put forward.The organisation’s president Joe Healy added: “Some progress had been made on market transparency and the introduction of a price index. “There is also a commitment to look at the market specifications that impact on price that exists in the grid.Contentious issues Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Edmond Phelan pointed to an agreement for a full review of the beef pricing grid and related issues including the 30-month specification and the bonus payments to quality assured farmers.These are very contentious points for farmers and we expect that Bord Bia analysis on market requirements will inform the process.He continued: “There is a commitment to more transparency in the food chain, specifically to determine who gets what margin.ICSA strongly contends that the farmer gets an unfair and inadequate share of the final retail price.” He also pointed to “the full agreement” that Ireland presses for substantial further support for beef producers arising from ongoing and unprecedented losses from Brexit.It was also agreed that Ireland should be pressing the EU to invoke the World Trade Organisation (WTO) safeguard clause.Phelan continued: “This would halt beef imports from outside the EU on the basis that there was a threat of serious injury to the industry due to market turmoil. “It was also agreed that Bord Bia would drive on with efforts to begin a suckler beef promotion campaign with a view to demonstrating the potential to develop a suckler beef market proposition designed to get higher prices for specialty suckler beef.” . The post Minister confirms ‘progress’ following beef talks conclusion appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Beef talks conclude following 12-hour marathon

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The talks between Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Beef Plan Movement, farm organisations and state agencies have concluded following more than 12 hours of discussions.While some compromise was made, there was not a lot of give from either side in
'The talks between Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Beef Plan Movement, farm organisations and state agencies have concluded following more than 12 hours of discussions.While some compromise was made, there was not a lot of give from either side in the talks, held in the Department of Agriculture campus in Backweston, Co.Kildare, it is understood.MII has taken the proposals made at tonight’s exchange and will reflect on a number of the issues raised with its members.A decision will be made by processors to accept or refuse the tabled resolutions; if accepted, a second meeting will be called for next week – however, if rejected, the meeting could be held this Thursday, August 15.From the farmer side of the table, there is understood to have been unity across organisations on a number of issues – with the shared fear of the consequences of Brexit also a common theme.The Beef Plan Movement has not indicated at this time whether its members will resume their protests outside meat factories in the interim or hold off until notice, expected Wednesday evening, of the follow-up meeting.Earlier yesterday evening, Monday, August 12, a number of proposals were hammered out by the delegates for reviewing aspects of the industry.These proposals include: a review of the beef grid system; a review of insurance policies in factories; and a review of the formal contractual arrangements between factory agents and the farmer from a quotations perspective.In addition, the need for a meaningful way of moving live exports was discussed in detail, while the relative power of the retailer in the supply chain was also a talking point. . The post Beef talks conclude following 12-hour marathon appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Beef talks: Agreement ‘close’ on grid, insurance and contractual issues

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Beef processors and farming organisations are in sight of hammering out an agreement on a number of issues in ongoing beef talks – with the possibility of a review into the beef grid system on the table, among other items.
'Beef processors and farming organisations are in sight of hammering out an agreement on a number of issues in ongoing beef talks – with the possibility of a review into the beef grid system on the table, among other items.The talks – which began this afternoon – are not yet concluded but have made progress on a number of fronts, with a draft summary in the process of being written.Items that are close to being agreed upon include: a review of the beef grid system; a review of insurance policies in factories; and a review of the formal contractual arrangements between factory agents and the farmer from a quotations perspective.In addition, the need for a meaningful way of moving live exports was discussed in detail, while the relative power of the retailer in the supply chain was also a talking point.A key issue from the talks was the possibility of a scales on the slaughter line.All farm organisations were in agreement on such a scales to weigh cattle prior to slaughter to get kill-out efficiency.However, it is understood that processors could not commit to the scales element this evening, in spite of every farm organisation and Bord Bia being in favour of it.The talks between the Beef Plan Movement, Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and farm organisations began at 2:00pm this afternoon, Monday, August 12.Delegations from the Beef Plan Movement, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association, the Irish Farmers’ Association and Macra na Feirme are taking part in the talks which are set to resume and continue into the night. . The post Beef talks: Agreement ‘close’ on grid, insurance and contractual issues appeared first on Agriland.ie .'