Murphy to head up IFA Sheep Committee
At a meeting of the IFA National Sheep Committee in Dublin this week, James Murphy from Inistioge, Co Kilkenny was elected to the position of IFA National Sheep Committee chairman. A sheep farmer from Fiddawn, Inistioge, James Murphy also farms livestock and tillage with his wife Chris and family. James took over the position of IFA National Sheep chairman from Henry Burns at the IFA AGM on Tuesday. As the representative of the country’s 30,000 sheep farmers, James Murphy said his number one priority will be increasing the incomes of sheep farmers. He said strong viable lamb prices from the factories, the announcement and payout of the €18m unused CAP funds for sheep farmers, the rejection of Compulsory Electronic Identification of sheep and a new and properly funded REPS scheme will be the immediate priorities for the new IFA sheep chairman.
James Murphy said he will ensure the interests of sheep farmers are kept at the top of the agricultural agenda. He said the challenges facing the sheep sector are immense and he was very determined and committed to securing a viable future for sheep farmers. At the National Sheep Committee meeting in Dublin, which was attended by 29 elected IFA county sheep committee representatives from all over the country, James Murphy thanked the outgoing National Sheep chairman Henry Burns for his tremendous work and delivery for sheep farmers. He also thanked Colm O’Donnell from Sligo, the vice chairman of the National Sheep Committee, for his work on behalf of sheep farmers.
Source: Kilkenny Advertiser