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‘Not too late’ to include dairy farms over 40 cows in BEAM

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'The opening of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) compensation fund has “only emphasised the unfairness of the decision” to exclude all dairy herds of more than 40 cows, according to the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA). Commenting on the matter, ICMSA Livestock Committee chairman Des Morrison said that he had been “inundated by pleas” from dairy farmers who did not satisfy the “unrealistic and arbitrary” limits of the scheme but who had suffered Brexit-related losses often running to thousands of euro.Morrison said that the farmers concerned had held onto the hope that Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed would “revisit this obviously unfair and discriminatory decision”. However, he added: “ With the opening date now upon us , and no announcement yet from the minister announcing that relevant losses in dairy herds over 40 animals would be covered, they are now becoming extremely anxious for the minister to change his mind and include farmers who met perfectly every criteria but worked dairy herds of more than 40 cows.” Morrison said that, even at this late stage, Minister Creed should revisit the matter and “see how unfair his original decision was”. “I’d appeal to Minister Creed to go back and have another look at this and admit that he has got this wrong.You can’t discriminate amongst farmers in this way and I’ll say again that, unless he changes his mind, the minister and his department are standing over an unfair and unjust scheme. “He should change his mind and do the right thing,” Morrison concluded. . The post ‘Not too late’ to include dairy farms over 40 cows in BEAM appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Processors ‘sticking the boot in’ on lamb price – ICSA

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'Factory price cuts this week of up to 30c/kg for lamb have been labelled a “disgrace” by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA). ICSA sheep chairman Sean McNamara slammed the price cuts, raising questions over the future supply of Irish lamb, warning that farmers won’t put ewes in lamb if conditions continue. “Processors are once again sticking the boot in.Beef prices have fallen through the floor and now they’re doing the same with lambs.Base quotes are running at around €4.50/kg which is totally unacceptable.How can they expect farmers to stay going? “If this continues farmers just won’t be putting their ewes in lamb,” he said.Continuing, the sheep chairman added: “Adding to the problem, we still have big quantities of lambs coming down from the north. “While we accept that a certain amount of imported lamb is required to meet export demands, the numbers coming in now are only serving to undercut the prices paid to Irish farmers. “It’s a cynical tactic and a shameful way to treat a sector that operates on such slim margins,” McNamara concluded. 6 marts approved to read EID tags In other sheep news, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has approved six marts to read electronic sheep tags.All sheep farmers, since June 1, 2019, have been required to tag all sheep and lambs with electronic identification (EID) tags.The six marts that have been approved – to read EID tags as a Central Point of Recording (CPR) – include: Carnaross Mart; Clare Co-Operative Mart; Newross Mart; and Cork Co-Operative Marts in Fermoy, Macroom and Cahir. . The post Processors ‘sticking the boot in’ on lamb price – ICSA appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Farmers note southern giants ‘lagging behind’ on milk price

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'The difference in July milk prices announced by processors so far this month has been flagged with concern by the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA). Farmers supplying the larger southern-based co-ops will have noted with interest the ability of Lakeland Dairies to stay on target with the Ornua Purchase Price Index (PPI) compared to Glanbia and Kerry, according to ICMSA dairy chairman Ger Quain.The dairy chairman highlighted that both Glanbia and Kerry are some 1.4c/L below the current PPI, which stands at 30.9c/L.Continuing, Quain expressed concern that some of the country’s larger processors are now paying up to 1.78c/L less on base price than their counterparts in Northern Ireland and in border areas.In addition, the southern giants are “several cents behind” the west Cork co-ops at present.Quain said the trend confirmed the belief that perhaps some of our processors that had become the “darlings of the business pages” are slipping behind considerably in terms of the milk price paid to farmer-suppliers.He said that while no-one doubted that there were some challenging circumstances in the dairy environment at present, such as the looming threat of Brexit, it must be noted that the circumstances are challenging for everyone. “Some – perhaps not the ones we might have expected – seem to be handling the challenge noticeably better than others,” Quain concluded. . The post Farmers note southern giants ‘lagging behind’ on milk price appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Kerry cuts milk price for July supplies

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Kerry Group has become the latest processor to announce its milk price for July, revealing a reduced figure on the previous month.The southern processor has set a base price for July milk supplies of 29.5c/L including VAT.
'Kerry Group has become the latest processor to announce its milk price for July, revealing a reduced figure on the previous month.The southern processor has set a base price for July milk supplies of 29.5c/L including VAT.This is a cut of 1c/L on the 30.5c/L paid for June milk.According to a spokesperson for Kerry, based on average July milk solids, the price return – including VAT and bonuses – is 32.056c/L.Other processors Yesterday, Tuesday, August 13, Lakeland Dairies announced a reduction of 0.5c/L for its July milk price.In the Republic of Ireland, a price of 30.78c/L including VAT has been agreed for milk supplied in July.In Northern Ireland, a price of 25.25p/L will be paid for July supplies.Commenting on the price, the co-op said: The continued uncertainty in the global dairy markets has manifested itself more sharply in the last month with butter prices, in particular, coming under severe pressure as demand slows.Meanwhile, on Monday, Glanbia announced a cut of 1c/L for its July price.Glanbia will pay its member milk suppliers 29.5c/L including VAT for July manufacturing milk supplies.Glanbia Ireland (GI) will pay a base milk price for July of 29c/L including VAT, for manufacturing milk at 3.6% fat and 3.3% protein.Glanbia Co-op will also make a support payment of 0.5c/L including VAT to members on July supplies, the company added. . The post Kerry cuts milk price for July supplies appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Beef talks ‘good opportunity to clear the air’ – ICMSA

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'The beef talks between Meat Industry Ireland, the Beef Plan Movement, farm organisations and the Department of Agriculture provided a “good opportunity to clear the air” between the industry and farmers, according to the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA). Speaking following the conclusion of the first round of talks – which took place yesterday from 2:00pm through to the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, August 13, ICMSA president Pat McCormack outlined what had come up.Commenting on the discussions, the president said: “We’d be happy that there was a good opportunity to clear the air today and for the industry to hear from farming sectors the perspective and plight of the beef enterprise on farms.Beef has struggled for a long period of time – and that has to change because there’s 26,000 less sucklers born in Ireland in 2019 and that’s before the full effects of what we’re suffering at this point in time. “These decisions were made last year during the heatwave. “Not putting the cows in calf, that’s a clear indication of the frustration at the lack of profitability that’s out there among farmers and the view that we can’t stay the same, that they can’t keep doing what they always did, that they have to alter their systems of farming or the reward has to be altered,” McCormack said.Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, highlighted the progress made with talks on the beef sector.At this stage it is anticipated that discussions will re-convene on Thursday or Monday.The minister thanked participants and Michael Dowling for chairing the discussions.He also urged “continued constructive dialogue” in the coming days. . The post Beef talks ‘good opportunity to clear the air’ – ICMSA appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

‘Unwarranted’ Glanbia cut ‘usual default response’ – ICMSA

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'The Glanbia decision to cut its milk price for July supplies is unwarranted and represents “the usual default response of co-ops and processors”, according to the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA). Commenting on the issue, ICMSA dairy committee chairperson Ger Quain said the default response is: “when in doubt, cut farmer milk price”. Continuing, Quain said that, by Glanbia’s own admission, production in several key regions was down on corresponding levels last year.While there may be some questions about market confidence and current levels of uncertainty, the decisive supply-demand data is still fundamentally sound. “ICMSA cannot accept the rationale advanced to justify a cut of 1c/L. “We think this is just a kneejerk and unwarranted price cut and we do not – and never will – follow the logic of cutting base milk price and then artificially restoring some of that cut by some discretionary ‘support’ payment. “Glanbia suppliers will be infuriated – and they’ve every right to be,” Quain concluded.Glanbia lowers July milk price Earlier today, Glanbia announced it will pay its member milk suppliers 29.5c/L including VAT for July manufacturing milk supplies.Glanbia Ireland (GI) will pay a base milk price for July of 29c/L including VAT, for manufacturing milk at 3.6% fat and 3.3% protein.This is a reduction of 1c/L from the June base price.The board of Glanbia Co-op has decided to continue to make a support payment to members of 0.5c/L including VAT for July milk supplies, according to the company. . The post ‘Unwarranted’ Glanbia cut ‘usual default response’ – ICMSA appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Glanbia lowers price for July milk supplies

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Glanbia has become the first processor to announce its milk price to farmers for July milk supplies.Revealed today, Monday, August 12, Glanbia will pay its member milk suppliers 29.5c/L including VAT for July manufacturing milk supplies.
'Glanbia has become the first processor to announce its milk price to farmers for July milk supplies.Revealed today, Monday, August 12, Glanbia will pay its member milk suppliers 29.5c/L including VAT for July manufacturing milk supplies.Glanbia Ireland (GI) will pay a base milk price for July of 29c/L  including VAT, for manufacturing milk at 3.6% fat and 3.3% protein.This is a reduction of 1c/L from the June base price.The board of Glanbia Co-op has decided to continue to make a support payment to members of 0.5c/L including VAT for July milk supplies, according to the company.The Glanbia Ireland price and the Glanbia Co-op support payment will be adjusted to reflect the actual constituents of milk delivered by suppliers, the firm added.The actual average price paid by Glanbia for July manufacturing milk, based on delivered constituents, will be 32.97 cpl including co-op support payment, according to the processor.Chairman Martin Keane said: “Glanbia Ireland’s milk price for July has been adjusted due to weaker dairy market returns, particularly for butter.While milk production in key regions such as the US and the EU is at lower levels than last year, demand for some dairy products is subdued in a number of markets. “The board will continue to monitor developments on a monthly basis.Suppliers should note that current milk prices do not fully reflect the weaker dairy market.” Ornua PPI falls for July Last week, the Ornua Purchase Price Index (PPI) has lowered in index for the month of July, according to the dairy exporter.Revealed by Ornua on Friday, August 9, the PPI for July 2019 is 104.0, adjusted down from 105.7 in June.The July index converts to 30.9c/L, including VAT, based on Ornua’s product purchase mix and assumed costs of 6.5c/L, the cooperative added.The adjustment for July reflects sharply weaker butter prices, partially off-set by improved powder prices and flat returns for cheese, according to a spokesperson for Ornua. . The post Glanbia lowers price for July milk supplies appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Beef Plan warns that focus is needed on protests’ ‘biggest challenge’

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'In light of the escalating Beef Plan protest that has gripped the Irish beef industry over the past 12 days, the western chairman of the Beef Plan Movement, Eoin Donnelly, has warned that “as the protest continues; we have to focus on what we recognise as or biggest challenge – the enemy within.” Donnelly made the comment referring to the movement’s ongoing plea “asking that no person attending any Beef Plan Movement protest site break the law – under any circumstances”. We are asking the people that have ensured our protests have been lawful to date not to allow an individual or group of people to sabotage our protest.He noted that the movement has recently had a people imply “that it has ignored advances to meet”. Continuing, Donnelly explained: “From our perspective, this made it look like they wanted people to think we don’t want to talk to anyone. “Our position is that we will talk to anyone without preconditions.” ‘A clear and concise statement’ Furthermore, he said: “The Beef Plan would welcome a clear and concise statement from all farm organisations indicating for their members that wish to support the Beef Plan protest to strictly follow the Beef Plan’s guidelines.We are not asking if they agree or not with what we are doing – just simply that they ask their members to follow our guidelines it those individuals choose to attend a beef plan protest location.He noted that copies of these guidelines “have already been widely distributed”. ‘Thousands of messages’ Continuing, he added: “The volume of messages coming in is by anyone’s standards considerable notwithstanding that we are doing this for farmers on a voluntary basis.” He noted: “Any messages that were not replied to should be resent to the group with details attached”. “If we have inadvertently missed an e-mail or WhatsApp message – then we are more that happy to apologise for this oversight. “This review will be done in the context that literally thousands of messages have been sent and received. . The post Beef Plan warns that focus is needed on protests’ ‘biggest challenge’ appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

‘1 in 10 consumers consider carbon footprint when purchasing food’

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'“Preserving natural resources, conscious consumption and production and climate change are associated mostly with sustainability,” according to new Irish research, on consumers, which was released last Monday, July 29, by the European Milk Forum (EMF). The study, conducted as part of a three-year campaign, known as “Sustainable Dairy in Europe – safeguarding our resources”, involved 2,000 consumers in Ireland, as well as 2,000 consumers in Belgium, Denmark, France and The Netherlands.It aimed to gain an understanding of consumers’ perceptions of sustainability, climate change and the challenges they pose in relation to the dairy sector.The survey revealed: One in 10 (9%) people consider their carbon footprint when purchasing food; eight out of 10 (82%) believe that to preserve the planet, we need to change how we consume and produce food; Six out of 10 (59%) agree that the dairy sector can help consumers eat more sustainably; Nine out of 10 (92.2%) consumers believe Ireland is worthy of its world-renowned reputation for producing high-quality dairy products; Four out of 10 (41.7%) consider that the dairy sector has a negative impact on climate change; Three out of four (75.1%) Irish consumers stated that they are not aware of the range of measures and initiatives that Irish dairy farmers use to enhance sustainability on their farms.Commenting on the results, Zoe Kavanagh, chief executive of the National Dairy Council, said: “The ‘Sustainable Dairy in Europe’ project is really essential for the dairy sector. “We have a strategic action plan in place to support farmers to continue to produce dairy products that are important in the daily diet; but, to also produce dairy in a more sustainable way using new farming practices that reduce their impact on the environment. “It is heartening that our consumers value the Irish dairy’s outputs and the role of the Irish dairy farmer, not only to produce nutritious products, but also the contribution they make to the fabric of our rural society.” Other findings from the Irish research: Half (42.5%) of Irish consumers believe the dairy sector is economically important to Irish society; Four out of five (82.9%) believe Irish dairy is produced authentically and sustainably; Four out of five (84.5%) want the Irish dairy sector to continue to be successful and to support future generations.Going further, she said: “Ireland has a world-renowned reputation in this sector, with consumers identifying our products as far superior to elsewhere in the world.Irish dairy has one of the lowest carbon footprints internationally, primarily due to the unique grass fed, family-based Irish farming system which is extremely efficient and involves less intensive farming.The majority of Irish people believe in climate change, but are optimistic about being able to stop some of the consequences.Reducing food waste and the recycling of waste continues to top the list for climate conscious actions by people; but, as few as one in 10 (9%) consider carbon footprint when purchasing food . “We have a national plan and strategy in place to help Ireland’s agri-food industry and support our farmers’ ambitions to reduce their emissions. “We are continuing to educate the sector, on the latest innovations and science-based advice, where they can take simple and effective measures across their farms,” Zoe concluded. . The post ‘1 in 10 consumers consider carbon footprint when purchasing food’ appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Beef Plan protest begins outside plant in Charleville

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Members of the Beef Plan Movement have begun protesting outside the meat factory in Charleville, Co.Cork early this morning, Wednesday, August 7.
'Members of the Beef Plan Movement have begun protesting outside the meat factory in Charleville, Co.Cork early this morning, Wednesday, August 7.Setting up shop at 5:00am, the protesters are in good spirits, according to the farm organisation’s regional chairman for the south-west, Dermot O’Brien,. The chairman called on Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to arrange and mediate a meeting between Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the Beef Plan Movement as a matter of urgency.On the protest outside Dawn Meats Charleville, O’Brien said: “It’s been very good, very controlled, a lot of good will here.We’ve met the management here and relations are very good; we’re carrying out a peaceful protest and we’re extending that good will to all the farmers. “I’ve been with the management and we’ve gone through it; we’re going to treat everyone with dignity – we want to educate the people as we meet them. “We’ve met everyone, shook their hands and we’ve chatted with them.We’ve met the driver of each vehicle and apologised for the delay and that’s the way it is today now.Regarding other protests, the chairman said: “Beef Plan would have liked if other protests at other plants in Munster were carried out in a similar manner; there have been safety risks at some plants and Beef Plan is not particularly happy about that. “Here in Charleville this morning everything is managed perfectly, there’s nobody charging the line; respect is shown to all the protesters and the management of the factory have been extremely professional in the way that they’ve dealt with the protest.” O’Brien stressed that Beef Plan protesters in the Co.Cork town are following guidelines and have been well briefed on the demonstration which will continue “indefinitely”. “I am asking for Minister Michael Creed to please intervene as this is causing distress for many people involved in the beef sector.We are asking him to come down, mediate and arrange a meeting between Meat Industry Ireland and Beef Plan as a matter of extreme urgency. “Beef Plan does not want to hinder anybody involved in the beef industry; it is not our wish to do so, but it is our wish to ensure that the beef farmer of Ireland receives the cost of production and a margin,” O’Brien concluded. . The post Beef Plan protest begins outside plant in Charleville appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Glanbia cheddar wins big at international competition

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Glanbia-produced cheddar brands have won numerous awards at an international cheese competition in the UK.Various Glanbia brands picked up a total of 18 awards, including four trophies, at the recent 2019 Nantwich International Cheese Show in
'Glanbia-produced cheddar brands have won numerous awards at an international cheese competition in the UK.Various Glanbia brands picked up a total of 18 awards, including four trophies, at the recent 2019 Nantwich International Cheese Show in Cheshire in the west of England.In a competition that attracted a total of 5,000 entries from around the world across several categories, Kilmeaden cheddar saw off stiff competition to win the ‘Kerrygold Cup’ for best Irish cheddar.The other trophies awarded were for: best vintage cheddar; best overseas cheddar; and best mild cheddar.On top of that, six gold medals were also handed out to Glanbia brands.Apart for Kilmeaden, these included Wexford Mature Cheddar, and Wexford Mild White.The remaining accolades among various Glanbia brands included four silver medals, three bronze medals and one ‘highly commended’ recognition. “We are delighted to have achieved such a strong performance at the Nantwich International Cheese Show 2019.We were up against stiff competition from both Irish and UK Cheddar producers,” said Gerry Warren, cheese grader with Glanbia Ireland.We continue to strive every day for excellence and our talented teams in both Co.Wexford and Ballyragget, Co.Kilkenny, take pride in attention to detail to ensure that we deliver top-quality cheddar for our valued customers.According to Warren, the judges at the competition “found that the texture and flavour of our cheddar really stood out, which is down to the quality of the milk from our dedicated dairy farmers”. The production facility at Rocklands, near Wexford town, has recently undergone a €35 million investment that was supported by Enterprise Ireland.This has resulted in the capacity of the plant being doubled, Glanbia said in a statement. . The post Glanbia cheddar wins big at international competition appeared first on Agriland.ie .'