- More bite in the cattle trade at factories
There was more bite in cattle prices this week at the factories with a base price for steers of €3.95/kg more common and €4.05/kg for heifers, according to IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods.
He said farmers with fit quality cattle were negotiating higher prices off the old base of €3.90 and €4.00/kg. Angus Woods said the weekly kill was less than 35,000 adult cattle. Woods stressed that cattle prices in our main export markets, both in the UK and across Europe are all ahead of Irish prices and said that this shows the potential for Irish prices to increase.
- IFA & Coillte Meet to discuss issues with farm partnership agreements.
The IFA National Farm Forestry Committee met with representatives from Coillte in the Irish Farm Centre this week to discuss issues that were affecting farmers with farm partnership agreements.
IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman Pat Collins said it was a constructive meeting to address farmers’ concerns and to ensure better communication with their farm partners. The parties will meet again shortly to continue discussions to agree principles under which these matters will be addressed and to provide clarity to the farmers involved.
- Ministers Creed and Murphy confirm securing of a Nitrates ‘Derogation’
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., today announced that Ireland has been formally granted a ‘derogation’ under the Nitrates Directive following the receipt of legal approval from the EU Commission.
Minister Creed said that “the renewal of the derogation for a further four years is great news for Ireland’s farmers as it allows them to plan ahead with certainty over the medium term. All farmers have an important role to play in protecting our environment particularly those farming intensively.”
Minister Murphy added that “the decision is recognition by fellow EU Member States that Ireland is maintaining a balanced commitment to ongoing improvements in water quality while also generating greater value from the Agri-food sector.”
Minister Creed also announced the opening of the 2018 online application facility. Over 7,000 intensively stocked farmers availed of the derogation in 2017.The closing date for applications is 20th April 2018.
- Any move to reduce CAP Budget Post 2020 must be vigorously opposed
“Maintaining the CAP budget has to be an absolute priority and I would urge Minister Creed, Taoiseach Varadkar and Commissioner Hogan to vigorously oppose any such move.” Those were the words of ICSA president, Patrick Kent who said he is “alarmed” at soundings coming from Brussels that a reduced CAP budget post-2020 could be on the cards.
A list of options set out in an EU Commission budget document published yesterday suggested that savings to the overall EU budget to the tune of €60bn could be made if the CAP budget was reduced by 15%, according to the ICSA. This figure rises to €120bn in savings with a 30% cut to CAP spending.
“The pressure is on with Brexit uncertainty, international trade deals and an increasing onus on farmers with regard to climate change. It is unconscionable that any cut in CAP payments could even be considered.” Kent said when highlighting the challenges facing the Agricultural sector.