The ABP group  last week ceased the automatic collection of the levy. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is facing substantial losses in income with several beef processors reporting a major fall-off in levy contributi(...)

IFA president Joe Healy: “It is very clear that farmers are angry over the level of Goodman control of the beef sector.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has played down speculation that other processors may follow Larry Goodman’s ABP in halting the automatic levy f(...)

Larry Goodman: his ABP group’s move on levies is viewed by the IFA as an attempt to undermine it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The move by Larry Goodman’s ABP group to halt the automatic deduction of levies from farmers is viewed by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) as a de(...)

ABP owner Larry Goodman. The company collects €400,000 a year in European Involvement Fund (EIF) levies from farmers, the lion’s share of which goes to the IFA.   Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A row has broken out between the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and Larry Goodman’s ABP group that could have serious financial implications for th(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and former president Eddie Downey (both to left): the two have stepped down in recent weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Meat processors and livestock marts have reported a rise in the number of farmers withholding levy payments to the Irish Farmers’ Association amid th(...)

Irish Farmers’ Association  members protesting against CAP reforms outside Dubin Castle in 2013. While the IFA does not give detailed breakdowns of its income, sources suggests the levy generates between a third and a half of its €12.9 million income.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s funding model is what’s known as the “factory levy”. The tariff is collected(...)