IFA environment and rural affairs chairman Thomas Cooney told a meeting of members of the European parliament in Brussels last week that Ireland is taking a leadership position in addressing the climate challenge, by targeting European funding through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to areas that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sector.
The Ornua Board has decided that no immediate reintroduction of the monthly Ornua milk levy will take place.
The milk levy was suspended on May 1, 2016. It was agreed at that time that the Ornua Board would reconsider the suspension of the milk levy when the Ornua Purchase Price Index (PPI) returned to 103 (30.5 cent per litre [cpl] including VAT) for three consecutive months.
With the country’s 30,000 sheep farmers preparing to lamb down 2.5m ewes over the next three months, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) national sheep chairman John Lynskey said this is a very busy and anxious time for sheep farmers. There is clear evidence that sheep flocks are more vulnerable to dog attacks at this time of year, according to the IFA.