'Big surge in milking equipment demand this summer' say suppliers
Milking machine suppliers are reporting big surges in demand this summer against crippling labour shortages in the dairy sector.
Some leading national dairy equipment firms are experienced a 20-25pc increase in orders, compared to the same time last year.
Another major international player also recounted a "significant rise" in the number of new entrants coming into the sector.
Richard Kingston of Gascoigne Melotte, based in Athy, Co Kildare, claimed that orders are up 25pc.
He says the business boost is down to dairy expansion and poor price for beef and grain.
"Dairy is the only sector that is really making a decent return on investment.
"The demand is all over the country, it's not limited. Although the majority of our work is in the traditional dairy areas, the golden vale, Munster, there are people in the west of Ireland expanding too," he said.
Mr Kingston said average 20-unit parlours are big sellers at the moment. He also pointed out that new feeding systems trends have also emerged.