Jun 172014

 The Deputy President of ICMSA, Mr Pat McCormack, has said that he was not surprised by the lack of any movement on the butterfat question and he noted that the likelihood of Minister Coveney getting any concerted and positive response from his EU ministerial colleagues at this time was always difficult to envisage.

“We spoke to Minister Coveney directly and very recently on this matter and he’s very well aware of our views that an adjustment is required.  In practical terms, it may well be Q3 or even Q4 of this year before we see any movement on this issue”, said the ICMSA Deputy President, who also chairs the association’s Dairy Committee.   “The really important point to grasp is that Irish milk production is almost certain to break through its quota allocation for 2014/15: cows are milking tremendously well at the moment and it seems a racing certainty that we’ll exceed the volume of milk produced in 2013/14. We need that butterfat adjustment and we do need Minister Coveney to redouble his  efforts on this issue over the coming months”, concluded Mr McCormack.

Ends          17 June 2014.

Pat  McCormack,  087-7608958

Deputy President, ICMSA.


Cathal  MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office