Cap and trade
IFA opposes “cap and trade” model
IFA will not support the “cap and trade” model for emissions proposed in the Dairy Food Vision Group interim report. The organisation’s president Tim Cullinan called the “Cap and trade” model “a quota by another name, which IFA is completely opposed to. We are also opposed to the proposal to force farmers to cut inorganic fertiliser use by 22% to 25% by 2025, and by 30% by 2030.” The current…
lamb and beef prices
Beef and spring lamb prices increase – 19 May, 2022
Beef prices have increased 5 to 10c/kg in the past week as demand continues to exceed supply. IFA Livestock chairman Brendan Golden said farmers should shop around – beef prices quoted and paid can differ by up to 20c/kg for all types of cattle. Demand is likely to continue in the key UK and EU markets into the summer months. Beef price update Steer base EUR 5.05/5.25kg. Heifers EUR 5.10/5.30kg.…
prices for pigs
Prices for pigs should be higher, says IFA
The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) campaign seeking to get prices for pigs up to EUR 2/kg by 1 June 2022 is gaining momentum. Talks are ongoing as the Irish Farmer’s Association meets with key players to discuss the need for farmers to secure higher prices for pigs to offset the severe losses experienced on farms. While IFA spokespeople talked to representatives from retailer Tesco and pork processing company Rosderra, the…
dog attacks
Call for clampdown to curb dog attacks on farms
Escalating dog attacks on farms has led the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to take a delegation to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to discuss the “persistent failure of authorities” regarding the matter. Farmers are frustrated at the inactivity around measures to eliminate the potential for dog attacks, as well as the consequent economic losses incurred. The IFA is motivating for a three-pronged strategy to rectify the issue. They…
pig price increases
Pledges made by processors for pig price increases
In the wake of protests at various locations by The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) on 10 May, 2022, it appears that commitments have been made by a number of secondary processors to pass back pig price increases coming from primary processors. Roy Gallie, Chair of the IFA Pigs Committee, comments that  “Major secondary processors have committed to supporting pig farmers and understand the very serious situation that farmers are in.…
IFA Pig farmers pig meat
IFA highlight the need for better prices for pig meat
The IFA protested at four locations across the country yesterday, highlighting the need for food processor price increases. Pig farmers find themselves at breaking point and are losing €55 per pig sold, and Roy Gallie, the IFA Pigs Committee Chairman, shared that improved prices are desperately needed in order for the sector to survive. Locations targeted by the IFA included outside Pilgrims Food Masters in Shillelagh. Gallie commented that “We…
Common Agricultural Policy inadequate says IFA
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) says there are restrictions in the existing payment arrangements in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Strategic Plan for designated land. The association believes that this is inadequate and does not address the issue of loss of income and devaluation of land values. IFA Hill Committee chair, Cáillin Conneely says “the Common Agricultural Policy imposes additional costs on farmers and in many cases can make it…
Cabinet approves support package for pig sector 
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has confirmed that cabinet has approved a €15.8 million support package for the pig sector. The Department says that “under the exceptional aid package, pig farmers will be eligible for a maximum payment of €70,000 per undertaking, subject to conditionality.” However the package includes a condition of a “10% decrease in production” for the sector.  Irish Farmers’ Association president, Tim Cullinan has expressed…
11c/l hike in milk production costs 
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has announced that the production cost of a litre milk has risen by 11.25c. This was revealed by IFA senior policy executive, Karol Kissane, who was speaking at the organisation’s milk price analysis webinar. The webinar outlined that input costs on farms have drastically increased over the last number of months.   At the webinar it was heard that farmers have experienced a 230% increase…
IFA angered by water billing system
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has expressed its anger at the water billing system for non-domestic water use in Ireland. This comes as a number of farmers have reported paying multiple water tariff charges. The system, which was developed by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), has led to the IFA seeking a ‘charge per customer’ approach to be implemented which would remove the multiple charges some farmers with divided…
poultry growers and egg producers
Need for poultry growers and egg producers to recover marketplace costs
As things stand, Irish poultry growers and egg producers are not getting enough to cover costs. If the status quo continues, there is a strong possibility that poultry shelves could empty in supermarkets, as farmers won’t continue to place day old birds or layer hens unless their costs are recovered, says Irish Farmer’s Association Poultry Chairman Nigel Sweetnam. With this in mind, negotiations have been taking place with processors and…
IFA calls for further assistance in pig farming sector
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for an increase in pig prices. This comes as the pig farming sector is reporting that farmers are currently losing €56,000/month and the cost of feed continues to increase. IFA National Pigs Committee chair Roy Gallie is calling on processors to deliver price increases back to farmers. The IFA chair said that producers acknowledged the price rise of 20c/kg for this week’s pigs.  Highlighting…
Cork-Limerick motorway
Consultation with landowners impacted by Cork-Limerick motorway essential
The Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Limerick County Council’s recent announcement regarding of the Cork-Limerick motorway has elicited a response from Irish Farmers’ Association environment chair Paul O’ Brien. The planned motorway will take highly productive agricultural area, and the development will obviously seriously impact farmers. “Farmers and landowners in the area are operating under an unacceptable cloud of uncertainty since the road development was first mooted in the late 1990s –…
IFA calls for a 30c/kg pig price increase 
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is calling on processors to institute a 30c/kg price increase for pig farmers. IFA pigs committee chair, Roy Gallie says that cashflows are unsustainable and that this is an urgent situation. Farmers in the sector have been haemorrhaging money since September 2021 and losses have risen to €40 per pig sold, he adds. It’s understood that the increase would restore the Irish pig market to European…
Sheep farmers
Call for support for sheep farmers from crisis fund
Concerns have been raised regarding the input costs incurred by sheep farmers. According to Irish Farmers’ Association sheep chair, Kevin Comiskey hogget and cull ewe prices have risen again this week due to strong market demand as the “start of Ramadaan and Easter is approaching”. Sheep supplies have been described as tight and Comiskey says that factories have had to move prices on.   “The increased prices are not off-setting…
Minister to assess pig farming requests from IFA  
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has confirmed that they have met with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue, following protests by pig farming members in Dublin City earlier this week. The IFA has submitted a request for a €100 million package in conjunction with Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and the Irish Grain and Feed Association (IGFA). The plan proposes a “50-50 private-public partnership” to be funded through…
Farm Shed
50% increase in the cost of building a farm shed due to inflation 
Inflation in the price of steel and timber has led to the cost of building an average farm shed rising by 50% since 2020. The price of steel has risen by 70% compared to two years ago, while timber has doubled with a full 100% increase reported. This has resulted to farm leaders exerting pressure on Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to implement revised costings under the Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes (TAMS). Farmers are…
European Commission launches new fund
As food security is high on the agenda of discussions by the European Commission, it has announced a €500 million fund for food producers. Reports suggest that of that Ireland will be receiving just over €15 million, and each member state can then provide further funding up to 200% of their national envelope this equates to a further €30 million for Ireland.   With the latest funding announcement, the government…
IFA welcomes Office for Fairness and Transparency in Agri-Food Supply Chain
The Cabinet has approved a bill to establish a new agri-food authority which will be known as the Office for Fairness and Transparency in the Agri-Food Supply Chain. According to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, the objective of the office will be to promote the principles of fairness and transparency in the agricultural and food-supply chain by conducting market analysis on all sectors through publicly available…
IFA raises red flag on Nitrate Action Programme 
It appears to be a challenging year for farmers as new measures continue to be instituted in the farming sector to curb the impact of rising costs. With this comes various commitments proposed by government in reassuring farmers that they are addressing concerns and seeking alternative methods to “soften” the impact thereof. The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has since raised its voice regarding the latest series of measures included in…
AECM should see farmers paid in 2023, says IFA 
“GLAS and AECM payments are a critically important part of farmers’ incomes. It is essential that all applicants under all tranches receive a payment in 2023 and the scheme cannot be limited to 50,000 participants.” This is according to IFA rural development chair, Michael Biggins who has voiced his concerns regarding the new Agri-Environment Climate Measure (AECM). According to Biggins the IFA is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and…
BEAM failure results in farmers having to fork out €18 million 
Farmers are due to encounter some financial setbacks due to the poor design of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme. With the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) raising the red flag on the matter it is understood that farmers will fork out €18 million in payments due to the bad structure of BEAM. IFA livestock chairman, Brendan Golden says the clear failure of the BEAM scheme and its administration is…
IFA against government consideration of dairy quotas 
Dairy quotas, a topic that the Irish Farmers’ Association brought up earlier this year, is under consideration by the Government. In the IFA’s call for this not to be a consideration, the plea against it appeared to have gone unnoticed. In stating that there was no legal basis for the quota models placed forward, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the IFA says it will not accept the…
IFA calls for land extension as afforestation licenses decrease 
There are calls by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) for land permitted for afforestation to be extended beyond the proposed one hectare (ha), without the landowner having to apply for a license. At present a licence is required for all new proposed forests of 0.1ha or greater, according to the Forestry Act of 2014. IFA Farm Forestry chair Jason Fleming says that for farmers to re-engage with forestry as a…
Shortage of vegetables may be on the cards 
Imagine a shortage of Irish vegetables in supermarkets. This may soon be a reality according to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA).   Chair of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Horticulture Paul Brophy has predicted that the first shortages this season for Irish produce could come in the form of crops such as tomatoes and cucumbers, followed by iceberg lettuce, green cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. It’s understood that this is due…