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National Fodder and Food Security Committee

The National Fodder and Food Security Committee (NFFSC) is tasked by government with preparing an industry response, contingency plans and advice to assist farmers in managing their farm enterprises through a period of high input price inflation and potential supply pressures. 

The inaugural meeting of the NFFSC took place on Friday March 11th in Teagasc Moorepark. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD established the committee to ensure the sector can respond effectively and rapidly to a considerable challenge. Over 30 organisations were represented at the meeting. The commitee is chaired by Mike Magan. 


Proposal to the Department of Agriculture and Marine from the National Fodder and Food Security Committee - Supporting the tillage sector

29th July

NFFSC Tillage Proposal (pdf)


Teagasc presentation to fourth meeting of NFFSC – July 13th:

NFFSC Meeting 4 Fodder Sector Updates (pdf)

Fodder Survey Results July 2022 (pdf)


Teagasc presentation to third meeting of NFFSC - April 21st

An update on ongoing priority actions by Teagasc included the following:

  • Situation in the Pig Sector including the outlook for the sector
  • Poultry Sector update 
  • Tillage activities and results from the Tillage Survey
  • Summary of Drystock Survey and events update
  • Dairy sector update including events, silage situation, fertiliser use and management decisions

The presentation can be downloaded here Teagasc presentation to 3rd NFFSC Meeting on April 21 2022 (PDF)


Press Releases


Teagasc Advice and information for Farmers to Improve Food and Feed Security

Teagasc will deliver regularly updated advice to farmers including actions that can be taken to help mitigate the current volatile situation. 

This advice, recommended actions and further resources are available here - Food and Feed Security


Teagasc presentation to second meeting of NFFSC - March 22nd

The Teagasc presentation was an update on ongoing priority actions by Teagasc and included the following: 

  • An update on all enterprises since the March 11th meeting
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Current and planned activities
  • Grass growth and farm cover from PastureBase Ireland

The presentation can be downloaded here Teagasc presentation to 2nd NFFSC Meeting March 22 2022 (PDF)


Fertiliser Surveys Summary

Drystock | TillageDairy |

Drystock (n=688) 

  • 28% of drystock farmers have bought no fertiliser to date
  • 43% are finding it difficult to get fertiliser delivered - 63% of these stating either the merchant cannot guarantee delivery or delivery will be delayed
  • 46% are paying 100% upfront for fertiliser - only 25% being given more than one months credit
  • 87% of drystock farmers plan on spreading less fertiliser on grazing ground - 10 – 30% reduction (43% of farmers) - 30 – 50% reduction (31% farmers)
  • Only 28% of drystock farmers plan on making more than 75% of their fodder for next winter in 1st cut silage
  • Farmers plan on spreading less fertiliser on silage ground - 10–20% reduction (37% of farmers), 20–30% reduction (23% of farmers), 30–50% reduction (15% of farmers)

Tillage - key messages (n=440)

Phosphorus & Potassium  Fertiliser

  • 69% have >75% of their P & K requirements for the season in stock or awaiting delivery. (41% all requirements)
  • 12% have less than 25% in stock or awaiting delivery. (4% none).

Nitrogen Fertiliser

  • 63% have >75% of their N requirements for the season in stock or awaiting delivery. (35% all requirements) - 13% have less than 25% in stock or awaiting delivery. (3% none)
  • 69% have made no changes to their cropping plans as a result of fertiliser supply/price. If changing – increasing beans, followed by spring oats
  • 72% have already used or plan to use organic manures this season - But unsure how much available or used
  • 31% plan no reduction to normal chemical fertiliser application this year - further 22% plan on a minimal 10 kg/ha reduction

Other issues

  • 55% said they would increase tillage area if more land became available
  • 39% said that access to additional credit is an issue this year

Dairy

  • Just over half have some fertiliser spread
  • ¾ have reduced application rates YTD
  • Almost half intend to spread less for silage ground
  • 60% are behind target on grazing ground
  • 1/3 have not yet purchased 50% of the year’s requirement


Teagasc presentation to first meeting of NFFSC - March 11th

Teagasc presented on the challenges facing the various sectors:

  • Pigs and Poultry
  • Arable and Horticulture
  • Drystock
  • Dairy

The presenttaion included an outline of the current situation in the various sectors. The financial situation and implications and the support that Teagasc can offer. 

The presentation can be downloaded here Teagasc presentation to first NFFSC Meeting (PDF)