Archive for August, 2009

John Bryan Launches Campaign for IFA Presidency

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

IFA presidential candidate, John Bryan, has committed to mount a vigorous campaign to reverse the cutbacks in farming implemented by the government over the past 10 months.

Speaking at the launch of his campaign in the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, on Saturday 15 August, John Bryan said the cutbacks already implemented and those proposed by the so-called ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ will cost the economy more than double the actual savings and will devastate rural Ireland.

Addressing an attendance of 1500, a record for the launch of an IFA presidential campaign, he said if elected IFA President he would turn up the heat substantially on the government, the meat factories and the supermarkets.

“The government has completely reneged on the last two partnership deals negotiated by the IFA and farmers will not take this betrayal lying down.  The supermarkets are second only to the banks in the way they have ripped off the Irish economy,” he said.

He outlined his track record in negotiating and delivering real benefits for farmers and the agri-food sector.  As Chairman of the IFA National Livestock Committee, he played a crucial role in the decision to ban Brazilian beef imports into the EU.  He was also centrally involved in negotiating the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme and in protecting live cattle exports through delivering radical changes in EU transport regulations.

“Farmers are undergoing a period of unprecedented difficulty. I am offering myself as a candidate for the position of IFA President because I believe I have the track record, the energy and the vision to provide strong and effective leadership,” he said.

John Bryan and his wife Rena run an intensive suckler beef farm at Inistioge, Co Kilkenny. They have two children, Cathy and James.   John was IFA National Livestock Chairman from 2004 to 2008 and is currently Kilkenny IFA County Chairman.  He started his career as a Gárda, based in Dublin, before taking up full-time farming.

John Bryan Announces Intention to Run For IFA President

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Chairman of the IFA’s Kilkenny County Executive is to run for the presidency of the Association later this year. John Bryan declared his candidacy for the contest at a function in Kilkenny in May.

Close to 300 Bryan supporters gathered at Kilkenny Mart’s Cillin Hill complex to hear the Inistioge man confirm his intention to seek the IFA’s  highest office.

The delighted attendance also heard a riveting motivational speech from Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager, Brian Cody, who wished John well in his bid for the IFA Presidency.

John Bryan is a livestock farmer from Cappagh, Inistioge. He served as Chairman of the IFA’s National Livestock Committee from 2004-2008. As National Livestock Chairman, he campaigned vigorously for better prices for Livestock farmers.

With Justin McCarthy of the Irish Farmers’ Journal, he twice travelled to Brazil to highlight the lack of standards applied to beef producers there, compared with the rigorous standards regime enforced in all EU states, including Ireland.  This campaign led the EU Commission to severely restrict the import of beef from Brazil,  a decision that helped to underpin beef prices in Ireland.

Consistent with his commitment to the highest standards, John Bryan came up with the idea of a scheme to improve the welfare of the Irish suckler herd. After much difficult negotiation, the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme came into operation at the beginning of 2008.

As well as boosting the income of suckler cow farmers, the scheme is already widely credited as helping to improve breeding and welfare standards in the suckler herd.

The election for the IFA Presidency will take place across 940 branches of the association during late November and early December of this year. The winner will succeed current President, Padraig Walshe at the association’s AGM in January 2010.