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IFA President Tim Cullinan said he was shocked to learn that, in the middle of a pandemic which should have taught us all the importance to keep the food chain economically sustainable, some suppliers of fresh milk to the Irish retail trade appeared to have resumed aggressive undercutting practices to secure a slightly bigger share of a static market.

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Speaking to Irish consumers and retailers today on World Milk Day, IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn urged them, in these unprecedented times of pandemic, to especially value the locally produced fresh milk which they expect to find every day on their supermarket shelves, and to make sure the farmers are paid a fair price for their hard work.

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Commenting on the 1.8 to 2c/l price cuts implemented by Lakeland, Glanbia and Kerry for March milk, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan said COVID19 has impacted on every aspect of the global economy.  “The dairy sector is no exception, and faces severe economic challenges.  However, we believe dairy farmers are being asked to pay too much of the price, too soon.”

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IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said IFA had been contacted by numerous worried farmers, who have observed on social media the consequences of COVID19 in other countries, where the milk of some farmers is having to be disposed of.

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IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan has called on co-op board members, who will be deciding this week and next on milk prices for March, to do everything they can to hold them at February levels.

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