Different image of dairy farming
Madam -- I wish to reply to comments made by Fiona O'Connell in her column, Lay of the Land, (Sunday Independent, June 10, 2012). She refers to cows often being knee-deep in mud and excrement.
Milk production could not be any further removed from this image. It has to be produced in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, which lays down the conditions required on dairy farms. This also refers to milk sampling for antibiotics/hormones at source.
Ireland is hailed as one of the leading producers of milk, with exports valued at over €2.6bn. These exports include infant milk formula -- about one in five babies worldwide are fed on Irish-produced formula.