Representatives from Bord Bia, the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) and Positive Farmers will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine tomorrow as it continues a series of hearings on potential difficulties and price volatility facing the dairy industry in the coming year.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that the Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements for 2014 are now available online to all farmers registered with agfood.ie
Managing market volatility in the dairy industry, ensuring adequate finance for farmers for the banking system and forging a common approach for animal health were some of the items discussed by an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee delegation in Belfast this week.
Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Eddie Downey, has set down a 10-point plan of action to deliver farm profitability.
Welcoming the launch of Action Plan for Jobs 2015, the latest step in the government's plan to deliver full employment by 2018, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, said that the agri-food sector, which had a strong export focus, was pivotal to progressing the current economic recovery.
The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, announced that he has decided to extend and re-focus support arrangements for farmers faced with the removal of persistently-infected (PI) Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) calves born from their herds in 2015.
High animal health status is key to trade and international market access, and gives Irish milk producers and processors a competitive advantage. This was the main message from the recent Teagasc ICOS Dairy Expansion seminar.