IRELAND – Milk processors and cooperatives in Ireland have been urged to make savings to help dairy farms get the “best possible price”.
The Irish Farmers Association has called on the processing sector to “make every effort” to ease the pressure on farmers by undertaking a root-and-branch review of their business.
IFA President Eddie Downey, who helped prepare a letter of demands sent to chairmen at all dairy co-ops, noted that milk prices had fallen 28 per cent.
Referring to Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (TEAGASC) statistics, he said farm incomes are expected to slump 40 per cent, leaving a third of business with negative margins for the year.
He added: “We appreciate the support for our campaign from co-ops and industry stakeholders, and the fact that the milk price in many co-ops was supported in the first half of this year.”
Dairy board chairman, Sean O’Leary, said reviews and rationalisation should “ideally be done in good times” but said sharp focus has been put on processors during the dairy crisis.
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