Dairy men act to curb milk supply
Worried Glanbia suppliers have switched to once-a-day milking in a bid to stave off a superlevy fine that looks almost inevitable, even at this early stage of the year.
Surplus cows are also being sold off as farmers desperately try to ratchet back production. Milk supplies across the country during May continued to surge way ahead of the same month last year, with supplies up by as much as 20pc in some co-ops.
Milk deliveries to Glanbia during May were close to 10pc higher than the milk delivered during the same month last year. April supplies were 15pc higher than April last year and a spokesman said the co-op was "well over quota" at this stage.
He described the situation as very serious, adding that a superlevy was inevitable, but some suppliers had switched to once-a-day milking and were selling cows to reduce supplies.
Milk supplies to Dairygold in May were 4pc higher than May last year and supplies for the calendar year to date were 13pc up on the same period last year. Overall the co-op is running 5-6pc over quota and farmers are being urged to be careful. The co-op has already informed farmers that once they hit their individual quotas, it will hold back 28.65c/l on each extra litre of milk from their milk cheque.
Milk supplies to Kerry slowed somewhat during May but were still 12pc up on May last year, which was a poor month for supplies. The co-op is running slightly above quota at present.
Arrabawn farmers sent the co-op 8.5pc more milk last month than they did in May last year and the co-op is running approximately 5pc over quota at present.
Connacht Gold is running on quota for April and May and supplies during May were 20pc higher than May last year.