Anger as co-ops say no to July milk rises
Published 17/08/2010 | 05:00
GLANBIA and Kerry have refused to increase milk prices for July supplies, despite pressure from dairy farmers.
Glanbia announced on Thursday that it would maintain its milk price at 30c/l, including VAT for milk supplied in June.
A spokesman for Kerry confirmed that its 30c/l VAT inclusive price remained unchanged but added that this was under constant review.
Lakeland Dairies and Town of Monaghan Co-op have also maintained their price of 30c/l, VAT inclusive, for July.
Arrabawn has held its price at 29c/l, plus VAT, following a meeting of the board on Friday.
The boards of Tipperary Co-op and Connacht Gold are to decide on milk price today, while Dairygold board members are expected to meet later this week.
Dairy farmers have reacted in dismay to the lack of a price increase for July.
IFA dairy chairman Kevin Kiersey said he was disappointed that co-ops failed to pass back to producers the full benefits of the July dairy market returns by paying 30c/l plus VAT for July milk.