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Farmers are concerned that the long-standing Dunnes’ market share grabbing discount of milk at 67c/l is starting to degenerate into a milk price war, which will undermine the sustainability of fresh milk producers, with Aldi cynically joining Dunnes this week. 

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Co-ops have worked in conjunction with Ornua to ensure more farmers are offered the option of fixed milk price contracts. FMPCs are not for everyone, but they are always worth considering – read some guidance on making your decision.

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has urged co-op board members, who will be meeting in coming days to set the September milk price, to hold it at their August levels, and give a commitment to hold to year-end at least.
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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has welcomed the announcement that, as stipulated by IFA, the 3-year superlevy repayment scheme would not exclude farmers with smaller superlevy bills, and would allow farmers to move to a new milk purchaser without the full bill becoming immediately due, provided a new agreement under this scheme is established with the Department and the new milk purchaser.

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