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IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn challenged the retailers which have a strong presence at this year’s Ploughing Championship to show real solidarity with some of the farmers hardest hit by the fodder crisis this year by pledging to desist from their aggressive, unsustainable discounting of fresh milk under their private labels. 

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Producer groups supplying contracted fresh milk for the retail trade are about to start their winter price negotiations with their dairies.

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Commenting on the eve of the Virginia Dairy Show, which he will be attending tomorrow, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan expressed some concern at the EU Commission’s proposal, to be agreed this autumn, to extend to 2019 its SMP intervention buying in policy in order to further deplete stocks and prevent short term build up. 

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said the Lakeland price increase is welcome given the difficult conditions farmers are facing.

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan today (Fri) said the move by Kerry Co-Op to increase the price for July recognises that there is scope for processors to lift their prices.

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