Dec 062016


Gerald Quain Chair of ICMSA Dairy Committee on his farm at Colmanswell County Limerick

Commenting on the 3.5 % increase in the latest Global Dairy Trade Auction, Gerald Quain, Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee, said that processors and Co-ops must keep up with the market momentum and show leadership in the setting of up-to-date milk prices.  He said that based on market returns, the absolute minimum acceptable price for milk supplied in November was 30 cents per litre.

“The expectation now within dairy farming is that the 30 cent per litre marker must be breached in the next round of price announcements. The 1 cent price rise last month was demonstrably short of the market realities and just did not reflect the obvious buoyancy in markets. This upward sentiment has been sustained over the month and, interestingly, Whole Milk Powder has now taken over Butter as the commodity in high demand. Dairy farmers are looking to 2017 with the expectation that prices will cover all costs of production dairy including their own labour for the first time in nearly two years”, noted the ICMSA Dairy Chairperson.

Mr. Quain said that milk suppliers desperately needed money in the context of the unprecedented cash-flow pressure that all were subject to this Autumn after what he described as “a truly disastrous year for dairy farmers”. He also pointed out that the over 4000 farmers who had entered the Voluntary Milk Supply Reduction Scheme will not get paid until late January at the earliest.

“ ICMSA is specifically setting 30 cents per litre as  the absolute minimum that board members should be demanding from their Co-op”, concluded Mr. Quain.

Ends     6 December  2016

Gerald Quain, 086-3623041

Chairperson, ICMSA Diary Committee


Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office