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Liquid milk suppliers price push

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Eoin Loftus from Killascobe, Menlough had his two working Border Collie pups for sale much to the interest of the onlookers at Mountbellew Mart on Saturday. Photo: David Walsh.

LIQUID milk suppliers across Galway are hoping that the rising curve in world prices will help the IFA to negotiate an improved winter deal for their produce.

Last week, the IFA’s National Liquid Milk Chairman – John Finn from Oranmore – said that studies carried out by both Teagasc and FDC Accountants indicated that producers needed an average price of 40c/l over the year.

There are approximately 50 liquid milk suppliers in the Galway area, split between Arrabawn and Aurivo co-ops, the latter having about 18 suppliers in Galway.

Liquid milk is far more expensive to produce during the winter months due to feed costs while cows in the ‘liquid herds’ tend to produce more quantity than high butterfat milk thus reducing bonus payments during the summer months.

The recently announced EU milk reduction scheme will also be of little benefit to the liquid producers, who are tied into contracts over the winter season.

In the past, the co-ops handling liquid milk contracts, operated a six month bonus system for the winter period but this has now been reduced to four – November through to the end of February.

According to John Finn, liquid producers would need a winter price of 55c/l to reach the viability figure for the year of 40c/l.

“Liquid milk producers are facing the most expensive time of year to produce milk, and like all other dairy farmers they have already made significant losses over the summer as milk prices remain well below production costs.

“Last year, with the end of quotas, insufficient margins encouraged farmers to calve fewer cows in autumn (16% fewer dairy calves) when overall dairy calvings for the year were up 8.5%. This year, farmers will want to consider their options to avail of the EU milk production reduction scheme for the milk they have been supplying over and above their liquid milk contracts over the winter months,” said John Finn.

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Move sought on scheme to promote growing of catch crops

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Stephen Canavan: Scheme needed on catch crops.

THE Dept. of Agriculture has been urged to ‘move swiftly’ and introduce an incentive scheme for the growing of ‘catch crops’ this Summer to help any potential Winter feed shortages.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, told the Farming Tribune that such a scheme would be easy to introduce and would incentivise farmers to grow catch crops such as rape and kale.

“These crops would provide a high-quality feed for stock during the early Winter period and would also give farmers the opportunity to reseed land for next year,” said Stephen Canavan.

He said that while the Fodder Support Scheme (FSS) would be a welcome help to farmers, more assistance from the Dept. of Agriculture would be required to ensure that there were no feed shortages over the coming Winter season.

Fast growing catch crops – such as rape and kale – can be sown in mid to late Summer and still be ready for feeding by the early Winter period.

However, last week, National IFA Chair, Paul O’Brien, hit out at the EU Commission for delivering ‘mixed messages’ in terms of their policy on farmers producing more grain and fodder crops.

He said that while last month, the EU were encouraging farmers to grow more crops for feed, they were at the same time pressing ahead with proposals for reductions in the use of pesticides – essential for crop protection.

“Commissioner Wojciechowski was explicit when he addressed our National Council last month: ‘the EU Farm to Fork policy will have to be re-visited in light of food security concerns.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Challenge is to keep farmers in profit while changing their ways

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Michael Hayden: Bleak 2022 income prospects for many farmers.

“IT’S hard to be green when in the red,” sums up the challenge faced by many farmers over the coming years, according to a leading Irish academic.

Michael Hayden, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Maynooth University, has warned that farmers face a major challenge when trying to balance economic sustainability with environmental sustainability.

“If we want to maintain a sustainable food supply, economic sustainability should not be sacrificed for environmental sustainability.

“Instead, the focus should be on educating farmers and changing work practices to meet the dual agenda of economic and environmental sustainability,” said Michael Hayden.

Writing in the latest edition of the Teagasc TResearch magazine, he points out that many of the farm enterprises in Ireland are ‘financially vulnerable’ with a high reliance on subsidies to provide financial support.

He said that this was particularly the case for beef, sheep and tillage farmers with 87% of beef farmers, 75% of sheep farmers, and 63% of tillage farmers, acknowledging in the 2021 Irish Farm Report, that their enterprises did not provide them with an adequate income.

“With rising costs of farm inputs, such as fuel, fertiliser and feed, placing additional pressure on profit margins for food producers, the outlook for 2022 farm incomes is bleak.

“Recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have also increased the complexity of this situation, placing renewed focus on the necessity of having a sustainable food supply,” said Mr. Hayden.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cautious welcome for fodder aid scheme

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Pat Murphy: Scheme should be open to all farmers.

THERE has been a guarded welcome for the Fodder Support Scheme from farm representatives – after an initial hiccup over the exclusion of hill farmers.

Now, according to Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, farmers with Category 1 lands in ANC areas – essentially hill farmers – will be eligibility to draw the payments: €100 per hectare up to a maximum of €1,000.

Connacht IFA Regional Chair, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that hill farmers should never have been excluded in the scheme in the first place but at least the situation had been remedied following the U-turn by the Minister and the Department.

“In our view the scheme should have been open to all applicants – dairy farmers are still excluded – given the rocketing costs of fertiliser, meal and fuel.

“The scheme will be a help to farmers, but we feel strongly that more aid will be required given the current situation with costs – and also what’s being projected over the coming months,” said Pat Murphy.

He advised farmers to ensure that by the end of the silage season they all had enough fodder in their yards to see them through the Winter ahead.

“You just never know what kind of Winter or Spring we will get – the key thing for every farmer is to have that bit extra in reserve just in case a worst-case scenario emerges,” said Pat Murphy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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