Dairygold and farmer group set for meeting
Published 30/01/2013 | 06:00
Dairygold management and farmers opposed to new supply contracts with the co-op are to meet later this week in an effort to hammer out their differences.
A planned meeting between Dairygold management and the Concerned Dairygold Farmers Action Group, due to take place last Thursday night, was called off.
However, chairman of the milk suppliers' body, Eugene Sheehan, said they hoped to reschedule the meeting for later this week.
Mr Sheehan said talks between his group and Dairygold management were "at a delicate stage".
Among the concessions the group hopes to secure from Dairygold are changes to the payment structure for farmers who would struggle to meet the share-up requirements set out in the milk supply agreement, and changes to the legal wording of the contract.
Dairygold chairman Bertie O'Leary last week hinted at the possibility of granting some concessions, such as extending the payment period and using revolving fund contributions to buy shares.
More than 800 farmers attended a public meeting in Mallow recently called by the Concerned Dairygold Farmers Action Group to highlight opposition to the new contracts.
Meanwhile, ICOS has moved to assure farmers that milk contracts are in the farmers' best interests.