Macra also represents the interests of young farmers and rural youth and is regularly consulted on issues relevant to its members.
Macra is a social partner farm organisation together with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) and Irish Cattle and Stockowners Association (ICSA).
Because of its position as a social partner, Macra na Feirme has regular access to Government Ministers and senior civil servants. The organisation also gets seats on many important committees and groups such as the Board of Teagasc, the Milk Quota review group and National Economic and Social Committee (NESC).
While Macra's primary role as a social partner is to represent young farmers, the organisation also uses our presence at the table to raise issues of concern to all rural young people.
Social Partner Organisations are divided into five Pillars:
- Employer representatives
- Employee representatives
- Farming organisations
- Community and Voluntary Pillar
- Environmental Pillar