Feb 212012




ICMSA welcome slight improvement in Super Levy position but urges farmers to remain ‘extremely vigilant’ on individual position


Commenting on the announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine that the official milk quota position at the end of January 2012 was 0.3% under quota, Mr. Pat McCormack, Deputy President and Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee, said that while this represents a further improvement from the end of December, the threat of a super levy remains very likely.   Mr McCormack noted that in January 2011Irelandwas 1.41% under quota and effectively ended on quota for the year, he observed that a similar supply pattern for February and March this year will lead to a superlevy fine for farmers. It should also be borne in mind that 0.3% under quota is less than 1,000 litres per supplier so the margin at present in very tight.


“It is critically important that each individual supplier examines his/her own position and consults with their Co-op on an ongoing basis regarding the Co-op’s position.  In the context of a super levy fine of 28.65 cents per litre, incurring such a penalty could have a disastrous impact on a farmer so they must take every measure possible to limit their exposure. Milk suppliers must be extremely vigilant” , said Mr McCormack.


Finally, Mr. McCormack said, that the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine should endeavour to release the super levy figures earlier in March given the importance of up-to-minute accurate information for farmers.


Ends       16 Feb. 2012.



Pat McCormack, 087-7608958

Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee




Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press office.