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Presentation as part of the Dublin - Mexico Business promoting Dublin as the Gateway to Europe, eurgate, which was held May 1 and 2 2014 in Dublin.

Presentation as part of the Dublin - Mexico Business promoting Dublin as the Gateway to Europe, eurgate, which was held May 1 and 2 2014 in Dublin.

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  • 1. Irish Dairy Farmers: Enthusiastic about Global Opportunities Catherine Lascurettes Executive Secretary IFA National Dairy and Liquid Milk Committees
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  • 3. 3 What is IFA? • Ireland’s main farmers’ union with 90,000 members (120,000 farmers in Ireland) • Representing all agricultural sectors, and all regions/counties through strong democratic structures at branch, county and national level • Representing and defending Irish farmers’ interests • With Government and EU authorities on policy issues • With produce purchasers on prices/conditions • With our counterparts at EU and international levels • With the media and the public
  • 4. 90,000 MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES 945 BRANCHES 29 COUNTY EXECUTIVES 29 COUNTY CHAIRMEN/ VICE CHAIRMEN 13 NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMENPROJECT TEAMS NATIONAL COMMITTEES EXECUTIVE COUNCIL *53 Permanent Members * (incl. additional 1 livestock, 1 sugar beet, President Macra na Feirme & ex-officio General Secretary) EXECUTIVE BOARD 8 Members National Treasurer/ Returning Officer 4 REGIONAL CHAIRMEN DEPUTY PRESIDENT President (Eddie Downey) IFA Organisation Chart Members elect President, Dep President, 4 VP. Exec Council elects Nat Treasurer/Ret Officer 29 Co Ex elect Representatives to National Committees Each Branch elects 4 delegates to Co. Ex, Incl male and female members
  • 5. Dairy Farming in Ireland: the Vital Statistics • 18,000 dairy farmers – all family farms • 1.1m cows, producing 5.4b tonnes milk • Average herd 60 cows, producing 300,000l p.a. • Grass based production (over 90% of feed) • Our members’ milk goes to make: butter, powders, cheese (cheddar), casein, whey-based products, infant formulae, ingredients… • 85% of production is exported • 7/1 peak-to-trough seasonality
  • 6. A highly seasonal milk production Based on: CSO
  • 7. Irish Dairy Expansion Ambitions: Context • End of EU quota regime after 30 years of restrictions • Global market opportunities linked to demographic developments • Real expansion potential and farmer enthusiasm • Ability to fulfil sustainability criteria increasingly important on the market place • Political/Government support: Food Harvest 2020 report (2010) => expansion target of 50% for dairy
  • 8. Ireland’s Place in Global Milk Production 5.53 144.67 18 9.1 89 10.7 52.5 277.2 Global milk production (2011) in M tonnes Ireland Rest of EU 28 NZ Oz US Mexico India Rest of World 8
  • 9. Our Expansion Ambitions: Our Farm Challenges • Financial resource requirements - €1.5b investment needed to deliver 50% extra milk • Access to credit • Access to and cost of land • Variations in farm efficiency • Regional variations in expansion potential • Environmental/climate change-related legislation • Volatility – Milk prices – Input costs – Impact on income and ability to invest
  • 10. Expansion Ambitions: Our Farm Assets • Internationally competitive production costs • Ideal climatic conditions for grass growth • Demonstrable quality and sustainability credentials • Cohort of young, well trained farmers coming into dairy • Demonstrated intent and enthusiasm (detailed surveys) • Democratically run farmer-owned industry (co-operatives) supportive of farmers’ growth plans • Clear industry investment/development plans • Good research/data collection readily available to help farmers’ management decisions (Teagasc, ICBF, etc.) • Fast-improving genetic merit of herd • Supportive government at national and EU level (CAP)
  • 11. Irish Farmers are Enthusiastic about Global Opportunities • Real production potential, real determination at processing level, despite challenges • 50% increase (and more after 2020!) is achievable, depending on profitability • Industry/IFA working on ways to help farmers manage volatility • Irish dairy farmers are committed to offering food businesses and consumers the world over (including Mexico!) high quality, sustainably produced milk and dairy products. • But they will not produce more at a loss!
  • 12. Thank you for your attention!