Glanbia loses 20 suppliers to Arrabawn
The Glanbia milk lorry left Billy Moroney's yard for the last time in 48 years of collections last Friday.
The 40-cow lifetime Glanbia supplier will be sending all his milk from now on to Arrabawn, along with up to 19 other suppliers that have left the country's largest milk processor this week.
While dairy farmers everywhere else in the country celebrated the end of milk quotas, last week was one that Mr Moroney was dreading.
"This has been a traumatic week, because I've made great friendships with all the Glanbia people on the ground since the first collection of milk here in April 1967, and it's not nice to tell them that I'm done supplying," said the south Wexford farmer.
Mr Moroney cited Glanbia's obligatory milk supply agreement as the key reason that close to 10m litres of milk was moving from the Glanbia pool to Arrabawn.
"The milk supply agreement is a very onerous legally binding contract, with specific conditions that are also binding on the farm's successors. And yet there was no mutuality, since there was absolutely no commitments from Glanbia on milk price," he said.
"I believe that it was a grave mistake for any farmer to sign that contract, and that the farm organisations have done their members a huge disservice by standing idly by while this all happened."