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Macra Annual Conference a Successful Weekend

27 October 2015
Macra Annual Conference a Successful Weekend

Macra na Feirme National President, Seán Finan, has welcomed the announcement of a top up payment for young dairy farmers from the EU Commission aid package for the dairy sector. The announcement was made by Minister Simon Coveney at the opening ceremony of Macra’s annual conference in Cork last weekend.

Macra called for the measure following the dairy forum organised by the Minister in September.

Macra National President, Seán Finan, said "Young farmers are worst effected and under the most pressure from the current pressure on milk price as some are heavily borrowed and in most cases they have not had the opportunity to build up their resources over the last few years that more established operators have and don't have the means to deal with volatility that we are witnessing at the moment."

Mr. Finan continued, “I welcome that a portion targeting young farmers and new entrants to dairying, who are among the most vulnerable in the current milk price drop, has been introduced.”

The Macra annual conference took place from the 23-26th October in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork hosted by Muskerry Macra. Minister Simon Coveney officially opened the conference on Friday.

EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, addressed the young farmers conference on Saturday. The theme of the conference was “Inspiration for this generation; taking the next step”. The conference was also addressed by the Macra National President, Seán Finan, and CEJA President, Alan Jagoe.

Competition finals included the Irish Farmers Journal Know Your Ag quiz which was won by the team from Portlaoise Macra, Co. Laois; the Club of the Year competition, won by Donoughmore Macra, Muskerry, Cork; Best New Member competition, won by Grace Corrigan, from Innishannon Macra, Carbery, Cork; the Best Emerging Club title went to Naas Macra, Kildare; and the Bord Bia stockjudging competitions, won by:

U 23 beef       Winner, Peter O’Dwyer, Dundrum Macra, South Tipperary

                      Runner Up, Martin Comerford, Slievebloom Macra, Laois

Senior Beef    Winner, Shane Healy, Crookstown Macra, Muskerry, Cork

                      Runner Up, Niall Nicholson, Carrigaline Macra, Seandun, Cork

Sheep            Winner, Breda O’Keeffe, Awbeg, Avondhu                

                      Runner Up, Joseph Hughes, Johnstown Coolgreaney Macra, Wicklow