• The President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association Patrick Kent has resigned, following a meeting of the organisation yesterday evening.

    It comes after the Irish Independent revealed that Mr Kent had accepted being named on MEP candidate Mick Wallace's replacement list.

    Patrick Kent announced his intention to step down from his position as leader of ICSA with immediate effect at a meeting of the association’s National Executive yesterday evening.

    Mr Kent has held the position since 2014, having been re-elected twice during that time.

    He had insisted he is "apolitical" despite being named by Independents 4 Change MEP candidate Mick Wallace on his replacement list.

    Mr Wallace, who is running for an MEP seat in the South constituency, named Mr Kent in his list of five replacements in the event he is elected and later cannot fulfil the role.

    Mr Kent, however, had said he is "not politically active and doesn’t believe he’s nailing his colours to any political mast.

    He said the phone call from Mr Wallace had "come out of the blue" and he has only met the candidate three times.




    The Irish Cattle Sheep Farmers Association wants to see farmers on difficult land getting more funding from the ANC scheme.

    It also says those who've been taken out of the initative should be given a chance to appeal the decision.

    It believes the overall scheme needs a significant injection of funding even though an extra 23 million euro has been announced.

    ICSA Rural Development Chairman Seamus Sherlock says farmers with less quality land should get funding.



  • Sheep farmers are staging a protest at the Kepak factory in Athleague, Co Roscommon over the falling prices for lamb.

    The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association says their members are protesting at the entrance to the Kepak factory since yesterday afternoon, and will remain there until the prices are increased by €8 per lamb.

    They claim the prices paid by Kepak are among the lowest in the country, and that the price per kilo for lamb has fallen by €1 in the past year - wiping out any profit for farmers.

    Séan McNamara, ICSA Sheep Chairman, told Midwest News that Kepak are currently paying €4.80 per kilo, and they're demanding €5.20 - a difference of €8 per lamb.