ICMSA Dairy Committee Chairperson, Gerald Quain, said that farmers – already suffering under below-cost milk price – were now beginning to accumulate weather-induced costs that were adding to what he said was already “a very precarious financial situation”.
“The lack of grass growth could have very significant implications for milk suppliers – not only for the present but continuing through the rest of the year. Many farmers are still housing their cows full-time with the extra work that that involves. The real costs, however, would involve milk solids and we estimate that a loss of 1.5 cents per litre here would cost an average 300,000L supplier approximately €4,500 over the year’s production. Alongside that fall in income we could be looking at the increased cost of meal while we wait to let the cows out. We’re calculating that 2 Kgs extra of meal per cow per day for an average sized herd is going to add an extra €1000 per month to the existing meal bill. That’s the background to our appeals to processors like GIIL, Kerry and Dairygold to hold the line on milk price and give the lead to the smaller Co-ops to provide the support for their suppliers that is so manifestly required right now when many factors are coming together to put absolutely savage pressure on dairy farmers.”
Ends 11 April 2016.
Gerald Quain, 087-3623041
Chairperson, ICMSA Dairy Committee.
Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758
ICMSA Press offfice