Co-ops report dramatic slide in milk supplies
Overall trend shows 10pc average drop
Milk supplies were down 10-20pc in the first two weeks of the quota year, co-ops have said.
The dramatic fall in deliveries so far this year, compared to the same period 12 months ago, ranged from 8-20pc in individual creameries.
However, the overall trend is showing an average drop in milk supplies of more than 10pc in early April. Dairygold milk supplies were back 8-9pc on 2008 figures, while Glanbia supplies were down by 8-10pc.
A spokesman for Kerry confirmed that milk supplies were down significantly in the first week of April but would not release a specific figure.
Supplies to Arrabawn were down 12pc in the first 10 days of the new quota year.
A Lakelands spokesman confirmed that last month's supplies had been down significantly and the figures for early this month are expected to show that trend continuing.
Milk supplies to Town of Monaghan fell by 10pc in the first fortnight of the quota year, compared to the same period last year.