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Study to Measure Competitiveness in NI Dairy

09 March 2009

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed plans to conduct a dairy processing competitiveness study in Northern Ireland.

However the UFU says the baseline for the study must be the need to deliver farmgate prices which deliver profitable and sustainable prices to producers.

UFU Dairy Policy Chairman William Cromie said; “Dairy UK’s proposed research project, looking at the needs of the industry by 2015 and beyond, will be an important piece of strategic work.

Every aspect of our dairy supply chain has to be as efficient as possible and make the right strategic decisions going forward in what is an increasingly volatile and competitive global dairy market. Considering the implications of the removal of milk quota by 2015 is a central theme of the research work and there is no doubt that this needs to be thought through very carefully”.

William Cromie added; “We are emphasising to processors that the competitiveness study must take account of the need for producers to be able to make a profit from milk. If dairy farmers continue to make losses on their milk then processors won’t have milk to process. This is a fundamental issue which the competitiveness study will have to account for”.

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