The IFA has received significant support from other farm and co-op organisations on the Milk Quota Review Group for a request that the Department and the Milk Quota Appeals Tribunal (MQAT) review and top up the temporary allocations to over-quota farmers whose herds have been restricted for long periods.
The MQAT animal disease allocations specifically aim to provide relief from superlevy to farmers who normally stay within their quota, but who, because their herds were locked up, end up over quota with little or no option to reduce their exposure," said Kevin Kiersey, IFA national dairy chairman.
"This year, some of those farmers who were locked up for lengthy periods of time have not fared well out of the Milk Quota Appeals Tribunal scheme and now face potentially sizeable superlevy fines they have had no opportunity to mitigate." he said.
ICMSA seek to replace Dolan
The ICMSA will proceed with an open competition for the replacement of the association's general secretary with applications for the post being invited in national advertising.
A three-man screening team to be headed by ICMSA president John Comer will prepare a shortlist of suitable candidates from the applications received and the target is to fill the position in three months.
The appointee will replace economist and lawyer Ciaran Dolan who worked with the ICMSA for 33 years and served as general secretary for the past 12 years.
The immediate challenges facing his successor include guiding the association through the reform of CAP, the redistribution of SFP and the downward pressure on milk prices.
Auctioned farm fetches €1.36m
A 214ac farm in Ardagh, Longford sold under the hammer last Friday for €1.36m.
Three bidders entered the fray but the former Sister's of Mercy property was eventually knocked down by auctioneer Paddy Jordan to a solicitor acting in trust.
The farm, which is known as Ardagh Demesne, had been operated as a dairy unit by the nuns but was in need of repair.