November milk supplies up to 70pc ahead of 2012
The lure of record milk prices and fantastic grazing conditions have resulted in a massive surge in milk supplies.
A superlevy fine is now a foregone conclusion, with the biggest co-ops in the country already either over or approaching their quota limit.
Milk processors are reporting a flood of milk from dairy farmers, with some co-ops reporting that deliveries over the last month were running almost 70pc ahead of those recorded for the same period last year.
Kerry supplies were an estimated 66pc higher than the milk supplied during November 2012 and the company is expected to be on quota by mid-December.
"Our quota position has narrowed considerably. We are now 0.35pc or 3m litres under quota and we expect by mid-December to be on quota," a Kerry Group spokesman told the Farming Independent. "This time last year we would have been 46m litres under quota."
The volume of milk is such that Kerry is taking in milk at both Listowel and Charleville, which is virtually unheard of at this time of year.
However, the remarkable surge in milk supplies is not limited to Kerry, with Glanbia, Dairygold, Lakeland and Aurivo all reporting strong milk deliveries.
Glanba is 3.2pc over quota and its Premier liquid milk subsidiary is also running 1.4pc over quota year to date.