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Good News From NI Dairy Auction

25 September 2009

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has greatly welcomed the increase of 2.36 pence per litre (ppl) in prices following Thursday’s Northern Ireland milk auction.

This is based on 32 million litres which is one million litres more than last month when milk was priced at 21.54 pence per litre.

UFU Deputy President, John Thompson commented; “As we are coming into the winter months, this is a much welcomed boost for Northern Ireland dairy farmers who face increased costs at this time of year. Recently, in the global marketplace, there have been a number of positive outcomes for the dairy sector. In addition, according to the recent Fonterra auctions, it is apparent that the demand for milk has also improved. Whilst this is certainly a step in the right direction, we are still in need of a continued increase in milk prices before many dairy farmers begin to show any form of profitability.

He added; “The UFU will continue to deliver the objectives outlined in our ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ for the Northern Ireland dairy industry by taking the Roadmap to its next levels and we are lobbying Brussels next week in a bid to achieve a sustainable milk price which at least meets costs of production.”

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