The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has announced that the election for the position of president will take place on Thursday, June 27, in Portlaoise at a meeting of the association’s National Executive.
The elections come after long-standing ICSA president, Patrick Kent, announced his decision to vacate the position in recent weeks. Mr Kent held the position of president since 2014 and was re-elected twice during that period.
During his time in the hot seat, Kent was one of the first farm leaders to push for an EU level auditor to analyse and publicise those who make profits from beef. He also pushed to expose retailers and processors who take excess margins.
Kent’s work didn’t end there, as he also played a significant role in the uncovering of the abuse of the Quality Assurance Scheme. Mr Kent was also very vocal in his opposition to Mercosur, CETA and TTIP trade deals.
He was also one of the first to highlight that farmers were losing on average €150 per head by virtue of receiving zero payment for the fifth quarter.
The closing date for nominations is set at Friday, May 24.