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IGFA Latest Updates

Temporary Drivers Hours Derogation

IGFA has been working with ICOS and IFMBA to call for a temporary derogation to driver hours to deal with the weather situation. 

The Department announced on Friday 19 April that a derogation had been agreed and will apply for a period 14 days from 22nd April 2024 to 5th May 2024. See the RSA notice here.

The following provisions will be temporarily relaxed:

Derogation to Article 6(3) of Regulation 561/2006: the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 100 hours.

Derogation to Article 8(4) of the Regulation 561/2006:  the maximum reduced daily rest periods between any 2 weekly rest periods is lifted from 3 to 4.

Derogation to Article 8(6) of Regulation 561/2006: the rules relating to weekly rest are being relaxed by allowing drivers to take a reduced weekly rest of at least 24 hours in each consecutive week during the relaxation period. There will be no obligation on a driver to take at least one regular weekly rest period in any 2 consecutive weeks until the derogation expires. Furthermore, there will not be any requirement for compensation where reduced weekly rest is being taken

Clarification of 15% crude protein limit

IGFA has been calling on DAFM to provide clarification regarding the concentrate 15% crude protein limit. 

DAFM has published a Technical Note here.

The Department has also provided this template that they will accept as a form of written confirmation from the feed supplier.

Nitrates Derogation

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D, announced on 12 March 2024, that the 2024 Nitrates Derogation application system is now available on-line. For full details of press release click here. As part of other adjustments, an “opt-in” measure  to feed a lower level of crude protein  has been introduced. Download DAFM FAQ here.

Weather conditions impacting farms

An online meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee (NFFSC) took place on Friday 29 March with the aim of assessing the extent to which the ongoing and prolonged wet weather conditions are impacting on farms. It was attended by IGFA and a number of other stakeholders. 

The press release is available here and presentations here.


The IGFA Feed Issues newsletter is sent to all members monthly along with the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) for that period. This publication keeps our members up to date on the latest relevant news for our sector and covers issues related to trade, the environment and technical updates. 

European Partners

IGFA is member of the influential European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC). Founded in 1959 by five national compound feed associations from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, its membership is now made up of national associations from 22 EU Member States.