The Irish Family-Farm Rights Group (IFRG) has received approval from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine to establish a producer group.
The group confirmed that beef, dairy, suckler, sheep and pig farmers are welcome to join the PO.
The IFRG said that its PO would also lobby for “better supports” from Government in relation to existing and proposed schemes.
Donie Shine, National Chair of the IFRG, noted: “The idea of joining a producer group is that the farmer should achieve a better price on average for his/her output through the group than if he or she traded on their own.”
He outlined that better prices should be achievable through better management of output and through collective branding, marketing, promotion and salesmanship.
“Since the abolition of milk quotas, the dairy sector has exploded presenting challenges about what to do with ever-increasing calf numbers and their effects on the economics of both the dairy and beef sectors being of major concern.”
“Our producer group has already done extensive work on sourcing export markets for dairy calves for 2020 and we will make a further announcement on this in due course.”
“Through our producer group, we expect to offer our members better management of their output while at the same time negotiating better prices and better scheme rewards for participating farmers who invest in better animal health, in better environmental measures and consequently in better human health,” he added.
The group officially announced its intention to set up a producer group earlier this year at its public meeting in Ennis, Co. Clare which was attended by the Department of Agriculture official responsible for the establishment of producer groups, Ms. Valerie Woods.
Joining the PO
Farmers who wish to join this PO can contact Donie Shine on - 0868149970 or they can do so through the group's website which will be created in due course.
“Further announcements will be made in due course detailing the specifics of this offering.” Shine concluded.
The name of the group is to be announced in due course.