Aug 262013
 

Noting the latest superlevy position announced by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine that the official milk quota position at the end of July 2013 was 1.44% under quota, Pat McCormack, ICMSA Deputy President and Chairperson of the Dairy Committee, said that while the country is still under quota, the gap continued to close during July and farmers need to be vigilant given that a Superlevy fine remains a distinct risk for the current quota year. The statistics indicate a firm trend: at the end of May, the position was 4.64% under quota, by the end of June that had fallen to 2.6% and now the July figure continues that trend.

“While some parts of the country were officially in a drought situation during July and some farms had silage being fed, the perfect weather conditions experienced in the first half of August are significant and the prospect of a Superlevy is becoming a distinct possibility that could pose very serious difficulties for those individual farmers substantially over-quota. The situation will vary depending on which Co-op the farmer is supplying and it’s essential that suppliers who may be exposed consult on an ongoing basis with their processor and take every opportunity to increase quota coverage – including Temporary Leasing” said Mr. McCormack.

Ends    23 August 2013.

Pat McCormack, 087-7608958

Deputy President, ICMSA.

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Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office