IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said farmers would be disappointed by the majority of co-ops which, thus far, have held the June milk price base when market returns justified an increase of at least 1c/l.
Have a look at the prices paid for steers, heifers and cows this week. Steer base €3.90/3.95/kg. Heifers €4.00/4.05/kg. Young Bulls R/U €3.90 – 4.10/kg. Cows €3.00/3.60/kg. In-spec bonus 12c/kg above base price.
Irish pig prices remain unchanged for another week with pig farmers taking between €1.38c/kg and €1.42c/kg. Numbers offered have tightened significantly in recent weeks, and the average carcass weight has also dropped by a significant amount, as a result of the prolonged hot weather.
Today, Tuesday of Farm Safety Week focuses on Machinery and Transport. Poorly used or faulty machinery is a major cause of death and injury on farms. Half of all fatal accidents on farms involve farm vehicles or machinery.