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Positive discussions on tyre recycling initiative

 

 

 

IFA President Joe Healy welcomed the positive discussions with the new Minister of State at the Dept. of the Environment Sean Canney regarding the potential to expand the network of bring centres used to sustainably recycle old tyres, which were previously used to anchor silage pit covers.

  Joe Healy said: “Minister Canney attended the bring centre in Athenry last month and saw at first hand its success, with 780 farmers bringing over 1,200 tonnes of tyres for recycling in just one day. Many farmers have switched from pit to bale silage in recent years and need a sustainable recycling solution. This has been demonstrated by the huge success of the first four recycling bring centres. I look forward to working with Minister Canney in the coming weeks to further develop this necessary used tyre recycling service”.

  IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney added: “There is a real demand for the further development of this successful waste tyre collection service, with the equivalent of over 500,000 car tyres being collected and recycled in just four days, in Cootehill, New Ross, Athenry and Monard.

  “Farmers have a strong recycling record, for example over 27,000 tonnes of silage wrap are recycled annually. We want to work with Minister Canney to deliver the same success when it comes to the recycling of waste tyres and ensure this waste stream is sustainably managed”.

 

 

 

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - December 14th

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was a lively trade at the annual Christmas Cracker Sale held last Friday with nearly a full clearance of lots. Prices for bullocks ranged from €2.12 per kilo up to €2.78 per kilo. Heifer prices averaged from €2.21 per kilo up to €2.84 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from an average of €1.56 per kilo up to €1.95 per kilo.

  “There was a good demand for all stock with plenty of customers in attendance. This Friday, sees our final sale of 2018 with bullocks, heifers, and dry cows on offer.

  “There were good numbers on offer for the last weanling sale of the year with prices holding firm resulting in the majority of lots getting sold. Bull weanlings averaged from €2.22 per kilo up to €3.33 per kilo. Weanling heifers ranged from €2.38 per kilo up to €2.90 per kilo.

  “The final sale of the year for bullocks, heifers and dry cows takes place this Friday (14th) at 11 am. The opening sale of 2019 for weanlings will take place on Tuesday, January 15th at 5 pm.

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €114 for 52.5kgs. Store lambs fetched up to €88. There was a similar trade for cast ewes from the previous week with prices ranging from €25 up to €117.

  “Roscommon Mart thanks you for you custom in 2018 and we look forward to your continued support in 2019. Wishing all of our customers, shareholders and friends a Happy Christmas and peaceful and a prosperous New Year!”

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Bullocks

Char X 745kgs €1680, Char X 805kgs €1680, Char X 785kgs €1680, Char X 665kgs €1560, Lim X 650kgs €1500, Lim X 570kgs €1305, Char X 540kgs €1270, Lim X 500kgs €1300, Char X 465kgs €1125, 3 AAX €915, Char X 370kgs €1030, Lim X 425kgs €1090, 2 SAX 475kgs €1120, Char X 455kgs €1115.

Heifers

Char X 745kgs €1660, Char X 710kgs €1625, Char 605kgs €1540, Char 565kgs €1400, Simm X 520kgs €1340, Lim X 535kgs €1200, Lim X 480kgs €1200, Lim 465kgs €1175, 2 Char X 485kgs €1150, Lim X 460kgs €1130, AAX 480kgs €1105, Char X 415kgs €1080, Char X 395kgs €1120, Lim X 385kgs €1045.

Weanling heifers

2 Char X 407kgs €985 - €2.42 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €970 - €2.69 per kilo, 2 Lim X 377kgs €900 - €2.38 per kilo, Char X 300kgs €810 - €2.70 per kilo, Char X 282kgs €790 - €2.82 per kilo, Char X 310kgs €900 - €2.90 per kilo, Lim X 245kgs €700 - €2.85 per kilo, Char X 260kgs €640 - €2.46 per kilo.

Dry cows

Char X 860kgs €1485, Char X 820kgs €1400, Lim X 710kgs €1385, Simm X 765kgs €1290, Lim 645kgs €1150, Simm X 685kgs €1110, SHX 710kgs €950, Lim X 635kgs €1060, Char X 645kgs €1010.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 330kgs €1035 - €3.13 per kilo, Char X 410kgs €1000 - €2.43 per kilo, HEX 330kgs €800 - €2.42 per kilo, Char 275kgs €915 - €3.32 per kilo, Char 350kgs €900 - €2.57 per kilo, Char X 315kgs €900 - €2.85 per kilo, Lim X 320kgs €750 - €2.34 per kilo, Char X 250kgs €670 - €2.68 per kilo.

Finished lambs

52.5kgs €114, 57.5kgs €112, 53.9kgs €112, 59kgs €111, 50.3kgs €110, 50kgs €110, 51.2kgs €110, 50.3kgs €109, 51kgs €108, 48kgs €107, 49kgs €105.

Store lambs

39.5kgs €88, 38.8kgs €85, 40.2kgs €83, 38.9kgs €82, 38.3kgs €81.50, 37.3kgs €76.50.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Larger numbers of stock presented for sale this week with a sharper trade prevailing especially for the quality lots on offer. Good numbers of heifers presented this week and they met a lively trade with prices improved by €20-€30 per head.

  “In the weanling rings demand was strong with quality the key factor in the trade and the top quality heifer weanling exceeding €4 a kilo. The dry cow trade has taken a hit in prices in recent weeks especially for the lower weight cows with demand strongest for the forward lots. The runner trade witnessed increased demand this week with a good clearance reported.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €880 to €1,200 per head with springer cows making from €840 to €1,250 per head. Runner lots made from €245 to €500 for Hex and AAx lots with continental lots making from €500 to €700.

  “There were 180 bullocks on offer last Monday with quality the key once again and prices were varied depending on the stock. Quality forward stores were once again the strongest trade with plainer low weight cattle unchanged in price.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 13th) and all sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

 

Heifers

Ch 390kgs €1005, Lm 400kgs €1000, Ch 360kgs €1190, Lm 485kgs €1310, Ch 480kgs €1225, Chx 640kgs €1465, Lm 570kgs €1355.

Dry cows

Lmx 855kgs €1685, Lm 770kgs €1520, Lm 810kgs €1480, Lm 750kg €1370, AA 840kgs €1455.

Weanling bulls

Lmx 280kgs €820, Lmx 240kgs €720, Ch 355kgs €1020, Ch 460kgs €1115, Lm 260kgs €735.

Weanling heifers

Lm 295kgs €850, Ch 255kgs €710, Lm 260kgs €700, Lm 385kgs €1550, Lm 370kgs €1020, Lm 310kgs €815.

Bullocks

AAX 475kgs €1190, Ch 450kgs €1185, Ch 540kgs €1375, Lm 500kgs €1240, Lm 560kgs €1395, Lm 575kgs €1240.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IFA: Minister must explain ‘bizarre’ figures

 

 

At a recent meeting with Minister Creed, the Department of Agriculture told the IFA that the figures for fines for excessive carcase trim in the factories was 19 so far in 2018, zero for 2017, 28 for 2016 and zero for 2015.

  IFA President Joe Healy says that these figures were “bizarre”, adding that the Minister “must come clean on what is going on with the inspection system and name the factories”.

  “To say there were 28 offences uncovered in 2016 and 19 so far in 2018, but zero in 2015 and 2017 is illogical. There is clearly something very strange going on and we need an immediate explanation from the Minister as to what is happening in our meat plants.

  “Following strong lobbying from the IFA, the Minister has agreed to fundamentally change the system from January 1st next year. In order for farmers to have confidence in any system, we need an explanation for these figures.

  “At the meeting, we insisted that Minister Creed publish the list of the factories involved. It is completely unacceptable that the names of the guilty parties are being covered up. These names of these offenders must be published without delay,” he concluded.

 

Heifers leave Roscommon…bound for Rwanda

 

 

 

 

19 in-calf heifers left Roscommon Mart on Tuesday morning bound for Rwanda. The heifers were donated to Irish aid charity Bóthar by families across Co. Roscommon.

  Spokesperson for Roscommon IFA Supporting Bóthar, John Watson, said the group believes in the good work that Bóthar is doing to held poor farming families.

  “The sheer generosity from everyone involved from when we fund-raise and when we ask them to take a maiden heifer, rear her and put her in-calf is wonderful.

  “It’s great to see the pride they take in looking after that heifer, not to mention the generosity of the vets and the AI men who give their time for free, and the marts and the DVO who give tremendous support. 

  “I think the most special time is when everyone gathers at the mart to see their heifer blessed by Fr. Pravin Dhason. It’s a big affair and great to have the local newspaper here. It’s a chance to thank everyone for their hard work and support.

  “As the heifers were loaded onto PJ Doyle’s lorry, you might see an odd tear being shed, and that’s normal, because these animals have been cared for so well. Those that have reared them will miss them dearly,” he said.

  Roscommon Mart Manager Maura Quigley along with local farmer Pat Carton and singer Tommy Fleming recently travelled with Bóthar to meet recipients of the heifers and said the families were extremely grateful for the donations.

  It was another successful drive for the Roscommon IFA Supporting Bóthar while Roscommon Mart also donated a cheque for €2,700. This year’s heifers are expected to arrive at their new homes on Christmas Day.

 

Roscommon farmers up for Bord Bia award

 

Michael Gunn from Strokestown has been shortlisted for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Farmer Award. The biennial awards recognise and reward the exceptional performance being achieved by members of its Sustainability Quality Assurance schemes for beef, horticulture and dairy.

  Michael, who supplies Aurivo co-op, has been nominated in the ‘Large Herd’ category at the awards. He is assisted in farm operations by his wife Miriam and his parents Kevin and Eileen.

  The Gunns join David Aughmuty and his family from Ballygalda on the 39-strong shortlist in meeting high standards around hygiene, farm safety, traceability, animal welfare, remedy use and commitment to their locality. David has been nominated in the ‘Weanling store to beef’ category at the awards. David, along with his son Giles, runs a mixed beef, sheep and tillage farm just outside Roscommon town.

  The overall category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on Wednesday, December 12th.

 

Roscommon People Mart Watch - December 7th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

“There was a good entry of stock on offer again this week with a lively trade for bullocks and good demand resulting in a good clearance of lots. Prices for bullocks ranged from €2.20 per kilo up to €2.88 per kilo. Prices for heifers averaged from €1.97 per kilo up to €2.45 per kilo. There were big numbers of dry cows on offer with all lots sold. Prices averaged from €1.41 per kilo up to €1.95 per kilo.   

  “This Friday (7th), the mart will host Christmas Cracker special sales for bullocks and heifers with 25 pens of bullocks and 40 pens of heifers as well as dry cows on offer.

  “Numbers were slightly down at Tuesday’s weanling and suckler sale. Prices for heifers ranged from €2.34 per kilo up to €3.15 per kilo. There was a firm trade for weanling bulls with prices averaging from €2.39 per kilo to €3.50 per kilo. Cows and calves made up to €2,400. There will be a sale of weanlings next Tuesday (11th) at 5 pm and bookings will be accepted up to 5 pm today (6th).

  “There were similar numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished lambs peaked at €115 for 62kgs. Store lambs fetched up to €93.50. There was an improvement in trade for cast ewes from the previous week with prices ranging from €40 up to €126. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Lim X 825kgs €1485, Lim X 790kgs €1475, Lim X 770kgs €1325, Char X 650kgs €1265, Simm X 745kgs €1075, Hex 635kgs €1075, Lim X 585kgs €950, BBX 660kgs €1070, PTX 670kgs €1200.

Bullocks

Char X 695kgs €1570, 2 Char X 722kgs €1545, Simm X 690kgs €1525, AAX 745kgs €1500, 2 Char X 627kgs €1420, 2 Char X 582kgs €1380, Lim X 550kgs €1360, Char X 520kgs €1345, BAX 505kgs €1260, Char X 520kgs €1345, 2 Char X 465kgs €1250, AAX 535kgs €1130, Lim X 420kgs €1045, Lim X 360kgs €1000.

Heifers

Lim X 600kgs €1240, Lim X 595kgs €1240, Lim 505kgs €1130, 2 Lim X 472kgs €1100, Char X 430kgs €1055, Lim X 465kgs €950, Char X 450kgs €925, Char X 485kgs €1030.

Weanling heifers

Lim X 365kgs €1010 – 2.76 per kilo, Lim 350kgs €1005 – €2.87 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €1000 - €3.12 per kilo, Char X 300kgs €875 - €2.91 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €850 - €2.53 per kilo, Lim 270kgs €755kgs - €2.79 per kilo, BBX 290kgs €700 - €2.41 per kilo, Char X 265kgs €680 - €2.56 per kilo, Char X 200kgs €630 - €3.15 per kilo, Char X 255kgs €640 - €2.50 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Char X 340kgs €1190 - €3.50 per kilo, Char X 440kgs €1100 - €2.50 per kilo, Char X 420kgs €1040 - €2.47 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €955 - €2.72 per kilo, Char X 335kgs 905 - €2.70 per kilo, 2 Char X  305kgs €950 - €3.11 per kilo, BBX 320kgs €900 - €2.81 per kilo, 2 Lim X 315kgs €790 - €2.50 per kilo, Char X 280kgs €865 - €3.09 per kilo. AAX 320kgs €750 - €2.34 per kilo.      

Finished lambs

62kgs €115, 53.2kgs €114, 59 kgs 113, 52.4 kgs €113, 53 kgs €113, 57.7kgs €113, 56.9kgs €113, 51.5kgs €112.50, 49.4kgs €112, 51kgs €108.50, 48.6kgs €106.

Store lambs

38.9kgs €93.50, 41.5kgs €90, 39.9kgs €87, 40kgs €87, 41kgs €84, 35.7kgs €73.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

“Numbers of stock presented for sale are starting to fall, with fewer numbers on offer in all categories of stock this past week. Trade has remained strong for the quality lots presented with the exception of dry cows, which have noticed a slip in prices in recent weeks.

  “The heifer trade and weanling rings reported good clearances with good prices reported for the quality lots, while breeding stock and runners reported good demand. Cows with calves at foot made from €1,140 to €1,500 per head. Springer cows made from €980 to €1,300 per head. There were smaller numbers of calves/runners with prices ranging from €250 to €715.

  “In last Monday’s bullock sale (25th), there were 200 bullocks on offer with better quality cattle presented. Demand was similar to previous weeks with a good clearance taking place.    

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart on today (Thursday, December 6th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, salves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

Ch 420kgs €1040, SimX 390kgs €970, Lim 425kgs €1250, Lim 490kgs €1300, Ch 460kgs €1150, Sim 705kgs €1435, Lim 540kgs €1315, Lim 460kgs €1440.

Dry cows

Chx 790kgs €1720, Ch 640kgs €1205, BBX 760kgs €1245, Lim 710kgs €950, Lim 670kgs €925.

Weanling bulls

ChX 290kgs €815, Ch 230kgs €675, Lim 290kgs €720, Ch 465kgs €1095, Ch 405kgs €1000, Ch 325kgs €900.

Weanling heifers

ChX 285kgs €960, LimX 270kgs €780, Lim 250kgs €755, LimX 335kgs €890 AA 300kgs €800.

Bullocks

Lim 460kgs €1125, Ch 420kgs €1050, Lim 520kgs €1370, Lim 525kgs €1155, Ch 570kgs €1420, Ch 630kgs €1425, Ch 750kgs €1500, AA 615kgs €1355.

 

Getting to know Macra na Feirme…

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Debbie Donnelly, Macra na Feirme’s new training and development officer for Roscommon, Galway, Longford and Offaly.

 

What is Macra na Feirme?

 

In simple terms it can be considered a social outlet for 17-35 year olds. The mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of communities by supporting the social, economic, cultural, personal development and wellbeing of young people.

What goes on there?

 

Macra na Feirme members can take part in any or all of the key areas of activity: agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking and debating, performing arts and community involvement. Each key area presents a chance for learning news skills, making new friends and overall personal development.

Who can join?

 

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 can join. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be from or have a farming background to join.

Why join Macra?

 

Our members have said they joined in order to make lifelong friends, have the craic and to strengthen their lifestyles. They also say it’s an opportunity to get away from the farm and to meet people with similar interests.

Where do I apply?

The easiest way is probably to fill in the membership form online at Macra.ie or to contact the training and development officer (TDO) for your area. Also, keep an eye on the Roscommon Macra na Feirme Facebook page for events and meetings at which new members can sign up.

Debbie is TDO for Roscommon and can be contacted on 086-7808987.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - November 30th

 

 

 

Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart

 

“There was another good sale this week with excellent quality stock of offer. There was a cracking trade for heifers with plenty of customers actively sourcing stock.

 

  “There was an exceptional trade for heifers suitable for beeding with a top price for an outstanding Lim X heifer weighing 580kgs and fetching €2,650. Heifer prices ranged from an average of €2.22 per kilo up to €4.57 per kilo. The numbers of bullocks on offer were small due to the large entry the previous week with prices ranging from an average of €2.01 per kilo up to €2.44 per kilo. Prices for dry cows fetched from €1.34 per kilo up to €1.73 per kilo.

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks this Friday (30th) at 11 am with 35 pens on offer. Heifers and dry cows will also be available.

  “On Friday, December 7th, the mart will host Christmas Cracker special sales for bullocks and heifers. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm on today (Thursday 29th).

  “There was an improved trade for weanling heifers at this week’s weanling sale with a good demand resulting in a very high clearance of lots. Prices ranged from €2.39 per kilo up to €3.11 per kilo. There was a better trade for weanling bulls this week with prices averaging from €2.40 per kilo up to €3.42 per kilo. Again this week plainer lots are getting harder to clear.

  “On Tuesday next (December 5th), the mart will host a Christmas Bonanza Special Sale of Weanlings at 5 pm and bookings are accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday).

  “There were similar numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale with prices for finished lambs peaking at €112 for 50.7kgs. Store lambs fetched up to €89. The trade for cast ewes was similar to the previous week with prices ranging from €55 up to €110. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am”.

 

Roscommon Mart sample prices

 

Dry cows

 

Lim X 785kgs €1245, Char X 785kgs €1220, Lim X 705kgs €1215, Lim 730kgs €1185, Lim X 665kgs €1150, Simm 725kgs €1080, Lim 625kgs €1015, Char X 740kgs €970, AAX 655kgs €820.

Bullocks

Char X 725kgs €1490, Char X 660kgs €1390, Char X 605kgs €1300, Lim x 505kgs €1175, Char X 450kgs €1100, AAX 450kgs €1055, Lim X 445kgs €1000, Lim X 510kgs €1070, Lim X 310kgs €755, Simm X 390kgs €810.

Heifers

 

Lim X 580kgs €2650, Char X 605kgs €2100, Lim X 570kgs €2050, Char X 690kgs €1900, Lim X 535kgs €1800, Char X 475kgs €1530, BBX 485kgs €1420, Lim X 490kgs €1400, Char X 490kgs €1170, 2 Char X 475kgs €1170, 2 Lim X 485kgs €1160, Lim 420kgs €1135, Char X 435kgs €1115, Lim X 405kgs €1020, Char X 395kgs €960, 3 Char X 488kgs €1165.

Weanling heifers

 

Lim X 440kgs €1270 - €2.88 per kilo, Lim X 335kgs €1030 - €3.07 per kilo, Lim X 305kgs €950 - €3.11 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €875 - €2.75 per kilo, Lim X 315kgs €845 - €2.68 per kilo, 2 Lim  X 307kgs €775 - €2.52 per kilo, Lim X 285kgs €705kgs - €2.47 per kilo, Char X 265kgs €750 - €2.83 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

 

Char X 425kgs €1200 - €2.82 per kilo, Char X 370kgs €1130 - €3.05 per kilo, Simm X 445kgs €1100 - €2.47 per kilo, Char X 335kgs €1090 - €3.25 per kilo, Lim X 300kgs €1025 - €3.41 per kilo, Char X 340kgs €955 - €2.80 per kilo, 2 Char X 360kgs €935 - €2.59 per kilo, Simm 320kgs €865 - €2.70 per kilo, Simm X 330kgs €795 - €2.40 per kilo, AAX 280kgs €725 - €2.58 per kilo, Lim X 225kgs €700 - €3.11 per kilo.

Finished lambs

 

50.7kgs €112, 56.3kgs €111, 53.6kgs €108, 50.8kgs €106, 49.3kgs €106, 49.4kgs €105.50, 49.5kgs €103, 49.1kgs €102, 52kgs €102.

Store lambs

 

40kgs €89, 41.8kgs €88.50, 42kgs €86, 40.9kgs €86, 41kgs €84, 37.5kgs €78, 36.3kgs €67.50.

 

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

 

 

“Good numbers of stock presented again this week with trade similar to previous weeks. The heifer trade was strong especially for the quality forward stores, while the weanling rings reported a steady trade but plainer type stock remaining harder sold.

  “There were also good numbers of dry cows on offer this week with a high percentage of store cows on offer. Breeding stock remains a very good trade with a top price of €2,320 paid for a Charolais cow and a Hereford bull calf at foot. The runner trade reported a good clearance with demand strongest for the continental lots.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €700 to €2,320, and springers made from €700 to €1,380 per head.

  “There were 180 bullocks on offer at last Monday’s sale with prices improved for the better quality forward stores. Lesser quality stock was unchanged with a good clearance taking place.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 29th) with our weekly sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

 

Castlerea Mart sample prices

Heifers

 

Ch 420kgs €1045, Lm 420kgs €980, Lm 495kgs €1300, Ch 490kgs €1170, Ch 660kgs €1480, Hex 660kgs €1360.

Dry cows

 

Chx 975kgs €1680, Chx 635kgs €1340, Lmx 745kgs €1160, Lm 720kgs €1230, AA 695kgs €915.

Weanling bulls

 

Chx 290kgs €845, Lm 295kgs €785, Ch 275kgs €830, Ch 185kgs €640, Lm 435kgs €1000, Lm 395kgs €990.

Weanling heifers

 

Ch 290kgs €790, Sim 280kgs €755, Lm 275kgs €735, AAX 350kgs €915, Lm 320kgs €905, Ch 415kgs €1080.

Bullocks

 

Ch 490kgs €1200, AAX 490kgs €1070, Ch 540kgs €1250, Lm 595kgs €1325, Ch 640kgs €1400, Ch 755kgs €1600, AAx 620kgs €1335.

 

IFA leader reacts to ANC review

 

IFA President Joe Healy has said that following the publication of the ANC review by the Department of Agriculture, the appeals system will have to give every opportunity for farmers in those areas excluded to make a strong case based on natural handicaps, primarily high rainfall, which impacts on farm income.

  Commenting on the overall review, the President welcomed the inclusion of areas that he said were unfairly excluded in the past. He said that the appeals system will also have to cater for those areas which remain ineligible for ANC payments.

  “It is important that the existing classifications, including those for the offshore islands, carry into the new scheme. The IFA campaign, which started in 2017, has focused on minimal losses, an increased budget and payments based on the natural handicap,” he said.

  IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady, said the scheme will be worth €250m next year. 

  “IFA will be seeking a further increase in the ANC allocation to bring it to €300m per annum,” he commented.

  IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the confirmation that 32,000 hill farmers will continue to receive the highest payment. The ANC Scheme into the future will have to provide the highest payments to farmers with the most marginal land, most of which are hill farms.

  The payments of ANC along with other direct payments supports such as BPS and GLAS represent a significant proportion of overall farm income in the areas that are classified as ANC. IFA insisted that Minister Creed must ensure that this situation does not change in the forthcoming CAP 2020 talks.

Reopening of Organic Farming Scheme welcomed

 

 

 

The Irish Farms Accounts Cooperative (IFAC)  has welcomed the announcement that the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) has reopened. The Organic Farming Scheme is a measure rolled out by the Department of Agriculture under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

  Under the scheme, farmers are given the opportunity to enter into a contract which gives payments of up to €200 per hectare a year during the conversion period and up to €170 per hectare when full organic status has been reached. The scheme is co-funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

  Tommy Fallon, Partner at IFAC Roscommon said: “We welcome the reintroduction of the Organic Farming Scheme. It is a key support measure to help farmers convert to organic farming and help farmers break into the growing organic market in Ireland. Reopening this scheme is a huge reassurance that the Department is still behind and supporting the sector”.


  Closing date for applications is Wednesday, December 19th and details of terms and conditions are available on the Department’s organics page at www.agriculture.ie.

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