Here's why there might not be enough milk for your cereal this winter
Published 27/10/2016 | 12:22
Irish consumers could face fresh milk shortages this winter, with some dairy farmers calling for a ‘strike’ to highlight the lack of profitability in liquid milk production.
Some individual liquid milk farmers – those who produce milk for supermarket shelves – have called on the IFA Liquid Milk Committee to consider a widespread withdrawal of milk supplies over the coming months.
However, IFA Liquid Chairman John Finn said the organisation would prefer not go to that extreme if it can help it.
“We want to go through the communication process first before we even think of that.”
One liquid milk supplier who spoke at the IFA Liquid Milk Conference said he left liquid milk production as it simply did not pay for the extra work involved.
Peter Farrell, who farms in Meath with his father, and milks 190 cows said liquid milk farmers need around 40c/L annually to compensate for the extra expense and work involved.
However, Finn told FarmIreland.ie that while some farmers are calling for a ‘strike’, it’s not the answer the IFA is looking for.
“Liquid milk can’t be taken for granted. There are higher costs involved in producing this milk, as it’s year-round production. Liquid suppliers are getting around 39-41c/L at the moment for the winter months and their annual milk price works out around 31-31c/L.”