Irish Farmers Journal breakfast news: Tuesday 24 November

In the news this morning: IFA turmoil continues, clarification on EID tagging, predictions on the price of whole milk powder and an upturn in Ireland’s live cattle trade is forecast by the UK.

Weather forecast

Mainly overcast on Tuesday with scattered outbreaks of rain or drizzle, most persistent in the north and west. However, it will be dry much of the time in the southeast. West to northwest winds will increase fresh to strong, making it feel cool; highest temperatures 8 to 11 degrees Celsius.

Staying mostly overcast on Tuesday night with further rain or drizzle at times in many places. West to northwest winds will remain fresh or locally strong overnight and temperatures will fall no lower than 7 to 10 degrees.

In the news

  • Speaking on last night’s nine o’clock news on RTÉ One, IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary announced that Eddie Downey is stepping back from his role as president of the association while former chair of the IFA audit committee, Con Lucey, is to conduct a review of the IFA.
  • Lucey has also made public letters that he sent to IFA president Eddie Downey in 2014, in which he outlined that he was resigning from his position as chair due to ”unacceptable interference”by the now former general secretary Pat Smith.
  • In other news, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has confirmed that his Department willmerely facilitate EID and not make it compulsory, a move welcomed by the IFA and the ICSA.
  • In dairy news, indications from the NZX derivatives market, the New Zealand-based exchange where dairy futures contracts are traded, suggest that the price of whole milk powder (WMP) may rise at the next GDT auction, which is pencilled for next week.
  • And, the UK is forecasting an upturn in live cattle trade from Ireland next year.