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IFA’s new Dairy Executive Aine O’Connell has taken up her role this week.  Aine O’Connell has worked at Arrabawn in farm advisory and with ICMSA.

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IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan welcomed last month’s price increase from some co-ops, but said that farmers in other co-ops were left behind.

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IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has welcomed the move by Lakeland Dairies to increase its July milk price by 1c/l.

The announcement comes after IFA last week highlighted international milk price comparisons which showed that Irish milk purchasers were performing below par. The three participating co-ops Kerry, Dairygold and Glanbia respectively came in €1/100kgs (Kerry) and €2/100kgs (Dairygold and Glanbia) below the average for the leading European processors.

The IFA Dairy Chairman said, “This move by Lakeland is welcome, and confirms that the recent market value improvements mean that co-ops can, and must increase prices for July milk”.

“The other co-ops will be setting their prices over the coming days, and we encourage them to follow Lakeland’s example and return at least an additional 1c/l to their suppliers,” he concluded.

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said farmers have always valued the Ornua Purchasing Price Index (PPI) for the transparency it provides in milk pricing.  The onus is on Ornua to ensure that this value and this transparency are continued into the future.

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IFA Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said that co-ops have the opportunity to pass back more of the continued improving market value which has followed the end of lockdown and the increase in food services and international trade over the last three to four months.

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