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IFA calls for co-ops to hold the March milk price

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The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is calling on co-ops to continue to offer goodwill to farmers who have been impacted by fodder shortage this spring. Already stressed-out farmers will interpret any March milk price cut as a further kick in the teeth, said IFA National Dairy Committee, chairman Tom Phelan.

Nitrates review

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The nitrates review delivers derogation, supports improved soil fertility, but places an increased requirement on farmers, writes Thomas Ryan, environment executive, Irish Farmers’ Association.

Fodder imports necessary, says Minister Creed

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Fodder imports necessary, says Minister Creed


Speaking after meeting with Teagasc and industry representatives on the current fodder situation, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said: “As fodder supplies are now tightening across the country, it is important that these are managed proactively. We will, unfortunately, have to import fodder again as occurred in 2013 to supplement existing supplies as the prolonged bad weather conditions continue. I have asked my officials to develop a scheme to support the import of fodder from outside the island of Ireland.”