Milk supplies surge by 10pc as post quota era kicks in
Milk supplies are up 10pc in key dairy expansion regions, but static in the southwest where restricted early grass growth has put the brakes on supplies.
Glanbia was among the processors experiencing the biggest jump, with increasing grass growth, stock and supplier numbers all contributing to "strong flows close to 10pc up on the same period last year," according to a spokesman for the company.
However, supplies last week were on par with the same week last year for Kerry, following a 3m litre, or 9pc, surge in collections in the week previous.
Many processors dealt with a three- to four-fold increase in supplies in the three days following the end of quotas two weeks ago.
Collections in Lakelands rose from 1.2m litres to 4m on Wednesday, April 1, while collections in Aurivo jumped from 1m to 3.8m litres on the same day.
However, all processors contacted claimed that collections went very smoothly, with no single supplier's milk rejected because it had soured after being stored for too long.
"There were no rejections, and everything was back to normal by Friday," said Arrabawn's CEO, Conor Ryan.
"We were amazed really with how well it went. We're probably about 4-5pc up this week compared to last year."