Co-ops under fire for holding milk prices
Irish dairy processors have been accused of "enhancing their own margins at the expense of their suppliers".
A number of co-ops have held their August milk price for September, a move that has been criticised by ICMSA.
ICMSA Dairy Chairman Ger Quain said the decision by Kerry and Glanbia represented a deliberate choice "to enhance their own margins at the expense of their farmer-suppliers".
Dairygold Board decided to hold the price for milk supplied in September at 36c/L including 0.5c/L quality bonus and Vat.
Mr Quain accepted that dairy markets had weakened in recent weeks, but he claimed the full benefits of the market improvements had not worked their way back to farmers.
"Farmers will clearly point to the investment in value added over the last number of years made by these two processors and, indeed, their own investment at farm level -including in SDAS - and they will ask the very simple question: why is their milk price still below the average EU milk price and not far ahead of the Fonterra price, which is broadly based on commodity-type products?" he said.
The IFA also expressed disappointment with the decision of Kerry and Glanbia to hold milk prices and they called on processors to deliver a 1c/l increase for September.