Weekly podcast: beef protest, Beet Ireland and Winter Fair
In this week's podcast, we talk to IFA protesters at a sit-in in the Department of Agriculture, discuss the revival of the sugar beet industry and meet a US breeder judging at the Winter Fair.

 

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IFA livestock chair Angus Woods told Thomas Hubert why his committee is occupying the Department of Agriculture’s head office.

Beet Ireland director Jim O'Regan spoke to Caitriona Morrissey about the loss and potential revival of the sugar beet industry in Ireland.

Tipperary tillage farmer Tommy Prendergast gave his opinion on returning to growing sugar beet.

Wexford contractor Trevor James looks at what price will be needed for tillage farmers to get back into growing sugar beet.

Agricultural contractor John Hughes from Kilkenny assesses Beet Ireland's proposal to revive the sugar beet industry.

Commissioner Phil Hogan spoke about Terra Services and CAP reform at the Terra office opening last Friday with Pat O'Toole.

Animal welfare is a hot topic in the European Parliament at the moment, and Mairead McGuinness gave Amy Forde her views on inspections targeting live exports.

Brian Behnke from Wisconsin spoke to Peter McCann about judging at the RUAS Winter Fair, breeding Holstein bulls and the dairy industry in the USA.

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Pig prices are below the cost of production – IFA pig chair
IFA pig chair Tom Hogan has said that price increases from the pig factories are not coming quick enough.

The pig price is around €1.40c/kg to €1.46c/kg since it increased two weeks ago, but for most pig farmers, the increase in price is not coming quick enough, IFA pig chair Tom Hogan has said.

He told the Irish Farmers Journal on Friday evening that the current prices are below the cost of production.

“With feed costs at the moment, we would want to be getting €1.60c/kg. Feed costs haven’t come down as they usually do. The compounders should be pulling back on price.

Another price rise

“We got a price rise two weeks ago and the indications are that we could get another price wise, maybe as early as next week.

“There is a positive outlook going forward, but for most people these increases are not coming quick enough,” he said.

The IFA has said that there has been a slight decrease in the weekly pig kill and increased demand, which is helping to put more competition into the market place.

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Watch: new Agri Aware campaign to air in cinemas and on TV
The ‘Many Hats, One CAP’ advert is set to air on television and in cinemas in the coming weeks, with the campaign highlighting how important investment in agriculture is to the wider Irish economy.

This week, Agri Aware launched its new 'Many Hats, One CAP' TV and cinema advert.

Produced by Traction Marketing, the advert is part of a wider campaign which aims to promote and showcase how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects everyday life in Ireland, whether that is subsidies paid to a farmer directly or the countless indirect knock-ons that keep rural Ireland alive.

The launch took place at Movies Dundrum, Dublin, on Thursday evening, where both the full and short versions of the advert where premiered for the first time on screen.

Rural landscape

The ad itself follows a day in the life of a number of characters who make up the rural landscape in Ireland.

From clips of rural entrepreneur and chef Edward Hayden cooking up a storm in his Graiguenamanagh cookery school, to farmer Kevin Moran up before dawn in Galway to milk his dairy herd, it gives viewers a glimpse into the role the agri-food industry plays.

Agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive

At the premiere, there was a panel of guest speakers which included Agri Aware chair Alan Jagoe and three of the stars in the ad; Hayden, Moran and Teagasc researcher Dr Dayle Johnston.

Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the panel reiterated the point that agriculture is a huge economic multiplier, which keeps rural Ireland alive, and the CAP is central to that.

Alan Jagoe spoke of the huge work, time and spend going behind the campaign.

“It costs money to put it out there, but consumers and society need to know where their money is going and who they are supporting.

"There needs to be an understanding and respect for the production costs and efforts that go into food production,” he stressed.

2016 FBD young farmer of the year Kevin Moran made the point that CAP itself “is not just one thing – a subsidy for a farmer - it is much more than that; it’s an investment in food security, an investment in rural economies and this investment is invaluable to rural Ireland”.

'Many Hats, One CAP' is a 12-month public information campaign that will go live across TV, radio, cinema, social media and print over the coming weeks.

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Farmers to lodge appeals over Castleblayney Mart next week
Around 40 of an estimated 100 farmers owed money by a collapsed Co Monaghan auctioneering firm have decided to pursue legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

Farmers left unpaid by the liquidation of EP Nugent Ltd, the company operating Castleblayney Mart, have decided to launch legal action against the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

At a meeting on Thursday, attendees heard that one case against the PSRA failed, but won when it went to appeal.

Claim

Solicitor Paul McCormack told the Irish Farmers Journal that they have agreed to put “in a claim under the property services regulation Act 2011".

"Section 78 part three allows us to bring a claim. One case went forward to the Property Services Regulation Authority and was refused but went through to the property services appeal board and won.”

He says that the basis for the claim is that EP Nugent Ltd was trading “dishonestly” by not having a license.

“There’s 40 individual cases,” McCormack said, adding that the average claim is approximately €1,000.

“Nugent would like to see the farmers paid. There’s no guarantee it will happen. Claims had to be lodged within 12 months of the people finding out there was a problem. The liquidation was 9 April 2018 so we are up tight against the wire.”

McCormack advised that anyone who wants to make a claim should get in touch with his office at Thomas Street, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, or the IFA.

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