Dairy scheme audits to begin this week
The first on-farm audits under the new Dairy Quality Assurance Scheme, which came into effect on January 1, are scheduled to commence later this week.
"Some of these audits will take place this week if the farmer requests it, or otherwise they will be scheduled for a time suitable to the farmer," a spokesperson for Bord Bia said.
In preparation for the smooth introduction of the mandatory scheme, staff in the main dairy processors have attended training provided by Bord Bia during the past two weeks.
Bord Bia's CEO Aidan Cotter has assured dairy farmers that producers will be allowed a period of one to two months to rectify any deficiencies identified during the initial audit on the farm.
He added that there will be no rejection of milk by a processor for audit failure, provided that the farmer takes the necessary measures to rectify any deficiencies.