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IFA present farm taxation proposals to the Department of Finance

At a meeting with Department of Finance officials, IFA Farm Business Chairman Tom Doyle said: “The achievement of growth targets for the agri-food sector requires a sustained improvement in the competitiveness of primary agriculture.

  “It is critical that existing taxation measures to support restructuring, farm investment and land mobility are retained. Where necessary, they should be extended, if their current restriction is proving a barrier to the development of the agriculture sector.”

  The key IFA proposals discussed were retention of 90% Agricultural Relief, renewal of Stamp Duty Relief and Stock Relief, extension of long-term land leasing incentives to


IFA secure strong commitment from Minister

At a meeting in Dublin recently, the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney told the IFA President John Bryan that he was making some progress to deal with Ireland’s concerns on CAP reform, and especially on securing a flexible payment model based on approximation to protect the Single Farm Payment of farmers. 

  Minister Coveney told the IFA delegation that he and his Department were involved in intensive lobbying of member states, and were making some progress in getting support for the Irish position on approximation. He said this involves the application of the EU model limiting redistribution of payments between


ICSA outraged by spate of violence against the elderly

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association strongly condemns the violence being perpetrated against elderly people in rural areas.

  It comes after a recent spate of distressing incidents, in which the homes of elderly people have been broken into and robbed, and the residents assaulted.

  ICSA President, Gabriel Gilmartin, said, “These are appalling acts of violence towards some of society’s most vulnerable people. Elderly people living in rural areas are seen as something of an easy target for criminals and we must do all that we can to prevent these attacks and help the Gardaí investigate them when


Connacht Gold staff raise 30,000 for Cancer Care West

Staff of Connacht Gold raised €30,000 on behalf of Cancer Care West, the co-op’s nominated charity in 2011. The cheque was presented by Connacht Gold Chairman Padraig Gibbons and Chief Executive Aaron Forde, on behalf of the co-op’s entire workforce, to Cancer Care West fundraising manager David O’Donnell. The function was also attended by former IFA President John Donnelly, a prominent activist in the charity.


Roscommon Mart report

Sheep Sale, Wednesday July 11th 2012: Numbers on offer this week was smaller. There was a good clearance of lambs despite a reduction in prices. The trade for Cast Ewes was slightly easier but the majority of lots got sold.

Lambs – sample prices: 8 Lambs 51 kgs €97.50, 9 lambs 54.23 kgs €100, 10 lambs 50.1 kgs €98,

6 lambs 46.17 kgs €93.50, 9 lambs 41.78 kgs €87, 3 lambs 59.67 kgs €105, 

2 lambs 55.50 kgs €102. 

  Cast Ewes made from €60 to €100 per head. 

Roscommon Mart is pleased to announce the opening of their new SHEEP


On-going weather problems hit farm incomes by 100million

Roscommon IFA Chairman, Mr. John O’Beirne, has said the very poor weather conditions across the country have had a major impact on farm incomes. He said large numbers of stock have been re-housed and feed bills are up significantly, while output is down.

  “Across all sectors – dairy, beef, tillage and sheep – the impact on farm incomes over the last five weeks has been a hit of €100m due to higher feed costs and a loss of output. Every week where we are not seeing an improvement is adding to the impact on farm incomes. In addition, we


Advance payments of 18.1m to 5,000 Roscommon farmers

Local Fine Gael Deputy Frank Feighan has welcomed advance payments totalling more than €18m to almost 5,000 Roscommon farmers as part of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) scheme.

  “Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has informed me that, as from October 18th last, €18,199,482 in advance payments has been made to 4,944 farmers across County Roscommon,” he stated.

  “These farmers represent more than 87% of farmers in the county who will receive a Single Farm Payment. Given the atrocious summer we’ve had, I am well aware of the very difficult weather conditions endured by farmers in County Roscommon over


IFA make pre-Budget views known

Launching the Association’s pre-budget submission Support for Agriculture Critical to Underpin Growth in Dublin recently, IFA President John Bryan said that continued investment in agriculture will deliver economic growth, increased exports and jobs. 

  John Bryan said, “Farming is experiencing a very difficult year in 2012, through a combination of dreadful weather, soaring input costs and the impact of previous substantial cuts to farm schemes. In Budget 2012, funding for farm schemes was significantly reduced, with a cut in funding for the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and a 10% cut in funding for REPS”.

  He said, “IFA believes that the


ICSA says farmers should not have to bear full cost of BVD elimination

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association says the cost of eradicating BVD shouldn’t be borne solely by farmers. 

  The eradication programme, being run by Animal Health Ireland, was launched on a voluntary basis earlier this year, and the compulsory phase will commence at the start of 2013. While a limited compensation package was available for the voluntary phase, none has been agreed for the compulsory stage. 

  Chair of the ICSA National Suckler Committee, Dermot Kelleher, has called on the Department of Agriculture to make a compensation package available to lessen the burden on farmers in the drive

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IFA confirms 2021 deadline for farmers to claim Rights of Way

The IFA has confirmed with the Property Registration Authority (PRA) that the deadline for claiming existing Rights of Way is 30th November 2021. This follows considerable confusion and anxiety which had been generated by a report in a Sunday newspaper which had incorrectly advised that the expiry date for registering such claims with the PRA was 30th November 2012.  Roscommon IFA Co. Chairman, Mr. John O’Beirne, said: “The report over the weekend alarmed many farmers, who feared they were facing a very tight deadline to claim Rights of Way by applying to the PRA. In fact, that report was erroneous

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