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Suckler changes nod from Minister

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Having fun in a field of barley at the launch of the Mountbellew Annual Vintage Rallythat takes place on this Sunday, July 26 were friends Oisín Crehan and Rebecca Regan with Megan, Caitlin and Michaela Flynn.

WITH the scent of an election coming into the air, the IFA will be seeking to get more modifications to the new suckler scheme, in addition to the ones announced last week.

Changes in the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme (BDGS) confirmed to the IFA last week by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney have been welcomed as steps in the right direction by farm leaders.

But there is still growing concern that many smaller farmers in the West of Ireland will opt to stay out of the scheme because of what are described as its draconian conditions.

Galway IFA Livestock Committee Chairman Michael Flynn told the Farming Tribune that concessions secured last week by the IFA were ‘a step in the right direction’ but that more common sense modifications needed to be made.

“All along, we’ve made it perfectly clear to the Minister that some aspects of this scheme clearly need to be change or quite simply it will not work. We’re hopeful that with an election more changes can be made,” said Michael Flynn.

According to IFA National Livestock Committee Chairman, Henry Burns, the following changes to the original scheme were agreed last week by Minister Coveney.

Regarding the six year obligation, if a farmer applicant sells or leases land, or transfers by inheritance or gift and as a result leaves the scheme, there will be no clawback of funds.

In relation to the replacement requirement for 4 and 5 star animals born after 2013 to be at a level of 20% by 2018 and 50% by 2018, the Dept. will now allow all 4 and 5 star animals currently in the herd, to be included.

The Minister has also confirmed that for new entrants, 2015 may be used instead of the 2014 reference year. If force majeure (unusual adverse circumstances) applies to 2014 stocking rates, a flexible ‘case by case’ approach will be applied by the Dept.

Michael Flynn said that while these concessions were welcome, there were now a few other key areas where the Minister could make common sense changes to the scheme to the benefit of everyone.

“We want to see 3 star animals to be eligible as well as the 4 and 5 star ones – many 3 star animals are of a very high standard.

“The 60% genotyping requirement in the scheme is set way too high while the cost of €30 per animal for genotyping testing needs to be halved.

“A few very sensible and easy to implement further modifications to the scheme would make a huge difference to its uptake.

“Maybe with an election on the way, it might help to focus the Minister’s attention on these issues,” said Michael Flynn.

 

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Factory prices must reflect market

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Galway IFA Livestock Rep, Micheál Haverty.

THE outlook for the cattle and beef sector remains ‘very positive’ but factories must step up to the mark in paying the ‘true market value’ for stock, according to Galway IFA Livestock Rep, Micheál Haverty.

He told the Farming Tribune that while there was a huge market demand for Irish beef there was still a massive discrepancy in prices between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

“There is absolutely no reason over recent weeks why the factories shouldn’t be paying at least another 15c to 20c per kilo for cattle.

“All the market pointers show the demand that is there for Irish beef and farmers should really try and bargain hard with the factories to get a better price than what’s being quoted,” said Micheál Haverty.

He added that with cattle in scarcer supply – the kill for the third week of November was down by 1,200 as compared to last year – the factories were under growing pressure to meet orders.

Marts around the county have also reported an increase in ‘agent activity’ as factories depend more on the marts to fill the gap in supplies coming in the gate to them.

Loughrea Mart reported last week a bigger interest from agents trying to source finished – or almost finished – cattle for the meat plants.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dunmore’s Market Day makes a return

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Pictured at the launch of Dunmore Market Day were Vivienne Glynn, Tommie Howley, Damien O Se, Mark Ryan, Mark Jennings, Peter Walken, Barry Flynn, Helen Gunning, John Mulrennan, Janette Glynn and Councillor Joe Sheridan. Photo: Johnny Ryan Photography.

THE traditional outdoor farmers’ market in Dunmore is being revived this weekend when there will be some 50 stalls on display.

However, it will be scaled back from what was originally planned with the organisers confining it to just one day on this coming Saturday.

The traditional market day has been synonymous with the annual summer festival but the current pandemic has put paid to this event happening for the past couple of years.

It was then decided by the Dunmore Traders to hold a market that would coincide with Christmas and would also include the hugely popular tractor run which was introduced in recent years.

Well-known local businessman, Tommie Howley told Farming Tribune that this has become the “winter version” of the summer market day and it was the intention of the traders to add something of a festive air to it as well.

“It will provide a social occasion for people to meet in a safe environment as well as giving them an opportunity to browse around the many stalls and attractions that will be provided on the day,” Tommie explained.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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On yer bike – from Ardrahan to Dublin city

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Pictured at the IFA ‘Save Irish Farming’ protest in Dublin last Sunday were: Roy O Brien, IFA; Rose Mary McDonagh, Caherlistrane; Peter Gohery, Eyrecourt; Bertie Roche, Abbey, Loughrea; Liam Higgins, Athenry; Pat Murphy, Ardrahan; Anne Mitchell, Menlough; Martin Murphy, Turloughmore; and Declan McDonagh, Caherlistrane.

‘ON, yer bike, and off to Dublin in the green, in the green’ – that was the motto last weekend of Ardrahan’s Pat Murphy who cycled his way to Dublin for the IFA rally in Merrion Square on Sunday.

“I enjoy doing a bit of cycling, although I hadn’t done a lot in preparation for a trip to Dublin, but I got through it all right,” the Connacht IFA Chairman, told the Farming Tribune.

He said that the motive for completing his 206km, two-day journey from his native Ardrahan to the IFA Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin, was to help draw attention to Sunday’s national rally.

Pat ‘broke the back’ on the journey on Friday when he cycled to Kinnegad with the help of a back-up vehicle, courtesy of daughter Ciara and her boyfriend, Conor Niland while Mike McInerney and Martin Murphy, cycled part of the Galway trip with him.

Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell provided the support on the second part of the trip and Pat Murphy was glad of the support. “It was great to have that back-up vehicle on both days in case anything went wrong, and it also helped to provide an extra element of safety for the trip,” he said.

According to Anne Mitchell, the IFA man averaged 27kph on that last leg of the trip which she said was ‘great going’, given the wet conditions on Saturday morning.

A head wind on the journey from Kilbeggan to Kinnegad proved to be the toughest part of the cycle for Pat Murphy, who said that the whole purpose of the cycle and Sunday’s rally was to highlight the issues facing farmers over the coming years.

“The decisions being taken now on CAP, nitrates and climate change in relation to farming will have major implications for the future of agriculture over the next 15 to 20 years.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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