Penalties are 'unfair'
Published 07/12/2011 | 06:00
Glanbia is coming under increasing pressure to amend the high penalties for excess milk produced under its seasonality scheme.
ICMSA dairy chairman Pat McCormack described the penalties as grossly excessive and extremely harsh. He cited the example of a 1pc increase in milk supply in June past the 16pc "tolerated" resulting in a fine of 20pc on the total value of May/June milk.
"The scheme needs to be reviewed and the level of penalty needs to be reduced or the quantity of milk that the penalty is applied to has to be reduced substantially," he insisted.
Glanbia has already amended its original proposal by excluding milk supplied during the last days of May that were traditionally included in the 'fifth' week of suppliers' June milk cheque.
The scheme is viewed as being less favourable towards suppliers compared to Dairygold's seasonal scheme.
Seminar on marketing
Teagasc has announced a packed programme of forestry events for next year, focusing on the need to actively manage plantations to realise their full commercial potential.
The first of these is a seminar on thinning and marketing of timber for producers, harvesters and buyers of timber, which will take place in Ballymote, Co Sligo, on January 12.