Welcome To The Irish Natura And Hill Farmers Association Website

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The INHFA was established in Feb 2015 to represent farmers on hill designated and environmentally valuable land. The organisation strives to keep the family farm viable and ensure the farming way of life that has evolved in regions like ours is valued from both an agricultural & environmental point of view.

The INHFA is a nationwide organisation and aims to highlight the challenges faced by farmers in the more marginalised areas of the country.

"Seeking Fairness Not Favouritism"


Extension to the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure Applications

Minister Creed has announced an extension to the deadline for BEAM. Applications will be accepted up until midnight of the 15th of September. The Department are holding a number of online clinics around the country over the coming weeks to facilitate anyone who may have difficulty making an online application.  See details below.

 September 2019 – Clinic Dates and Locations

Date

Time

Venue

Thursday
5th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Jackson Hotel, Ballybofey
County Donegal

Thursday
5th September 2019

10am to 4pm

The Brehon Hotel, Muckross, Rd, Killarney,
County Kerry

Friday
6th September 2019

10am to 4pm

The TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar,
County Mayo

Friday
6th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Castle Hotel, Main Street, Sleveen East, Macroom,
County Cork

Monday
9th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Four Seasons Hotel, Coolshannagh, Monaghan,
County Monaghan

Monday
9th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Twin Trees Hotel, Downhill Rd, Knocknalyre, Ballina,
County Mayo

Tuesday
10th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Dept Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices, Drumshanbo.
County Leitrim

Tuesday
10th September 2019

10am to 4pm

The Ard Rí Hotel, Milltown Road, Tuam,
County Galway

Wednesday
11th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Dept Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices,Farnham St.
County Cavan

Wednesday
11th September 2019

10am to 2pm

Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis,
County Clare

Wednesday
11th September 2019

4pm to 8pm

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel.
County Limerick

Thursday
12th September 2019

10am to 2pm

Hannon’s Hotel, Athlone Road, Acres, Roscommon,
County Roscommon

Thursday
12th September 2019

4pm to 8pm

The Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Rd, Mullingar,
County Westmeath

Thursday
12th September 2019

10am to 4pm

Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown,
County Cork

Friday
13th September 2019

12pm to 4pm

County Arms Hotel, Birr.
County Offaly

Friday
13th September 2019

12pm to 4pm

Dept Of Agriculture Food & the Marine Offices, Johnstown Castle
County Wexford

 

INHFA outline compromise proposals to resolve beef crisis

The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association have outlined the compromise proposals they have made to Minister Creed to help resolve the beef crisis. The proposal centres on the payment of 12c bonus for in-spec animals.

Currently in order for a farmer to receive the bonus they have to comply with four key conditions those being

• Membership of the Board Bia Quality Assurance Scheme
• Animal slaughtered must have been on the farm for the previous 60 days which was reduced from 70 days last week
• Have not exceeded 4 farm movements
• Must be under 30 months

The requirement to comply with all four conditions is stated National President Colm O’Donnell “onerous on farmers but it does also provide for an obvious solution that we would hope MII would accept.” This solution stated O’Donnell “involves making a bonus payment of 3c/kg on each condition complied with so a 31 month old animal would still receive a 9c bonus if the other three conditions are met.”

This proposal can stated the INHFA President “deliver a fair compromise and we are now asking Minister Creed to immediately reconvene talks with a view to getting this agreed.”

He concluded by pointing to a precedent that already exists in the organic sector where organic beef animals remain in spec up to 36 months which he stated “totally undermines MII’s argument in relation to the 30 month rule.”

10-Point Plan For the future of suckler beef farming and ensuring food security for EU citizens and consumers

The importance of our beef industry to the overall economy is a point that has been well documented. Its role in the direct provision of jobs and the knock on affect throughout rural Ireland is vital in sustaining many communities. However, any analysis of our beef industry needs to address the clear difference that arises from the two major components of this industry, those being the dairy produced beef and the suckler produced beef.

While both of these products are marketed as Irish beef through the Origin Green programme they are very different products as evident through a number of factors. The first factor that distinguishes suckler beef from dairy beef is its lower carbon footprint as outlined by Teagasc which has shown that “on a hectare basis the average beef farm produces less than half the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions of the average hectare on a dairy farm” (Teagasc National Farm Survey, 2017). In addition to this there are other environmental bonuses’ coming from the more extensive farming systems favoured by suckler farmers, especially in relation to water quality.

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Major boost for Hill Farmers as INHFA announce Light Lamb Market

Speaking at their National AGM which was sponsored by Aurivo Co-op and held in Sligo last week, National Vice President Brendan Joyce announced the opening of a light lamb market titled ‘Atlantic Hill Lamb’ which will see 400 lambs a week killed for markets in Italy and Norway at Kepak Athleague.
The market stated Joyce “which we will start supplying to in early August is for light lamb carcass between 10 and 15kg with a minimum O2 Grade that will deliver a price of €5/kg.” Ensuring all lambs have the correct fat cover will he added “be essential in ensuring the market prospers as previous attempts at supplying these markets failed because lambs didn’t meet the specifications required.”
In the coming weeks continue Joyce “the INHFA will be hosting a number of meetings (outlined below) to inform interested farmers, how they can supply to this market: the type of lamb required: the pricing structure involve: what feeding may be required and how we intend to further develop and expand this market.
He concluded by thanking both Kepak Group and Board Bia for their work in helping to develop the market and expressed optimism that it can be expanded beyond the 20,000 lambs that we plan to supply in the coming year.


If you are interested in sending lambs to this market please download this form and return to INHFA Office.


Key Priorities

  • GLAS
  • FARM ASSIST
  • UNUSED PILLAR 2 FUNDS
  • RURAL DEVELOPMENT
  • PUBLIC ACCESS AND HILL WALKING
  • LAND DESIGNATION
  • MID TERM REVIEW OF CAP

Our Work - The INHFA is involved with many projects squarely aimed at facilitating improvements for farmers throughout Ireland, with an emphasis on fairness for all.

Our Policy - The INHFA has developed a balanced set of policies through frank exchange with national and international agricultural organisations as well as at grass roots level.

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