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Pat McCormack

Pat McCormack

Pat McCormack

Dairy farmers may face dumping milk on their farms as processors warn they may not have the capacity to cope if coronavirus affects shut down processing during the peak milk season.

The Irish Independent understands intense discussions will take place between processors and farm organisations in a bid to stave off what has been described as a possible catastrophic failure of the dairy supply chain.

With the majority of Irish dairy farmers now calving their cows in early spring, the approaching peak production month of May is occupying the minds of the industry as it battles the implications of Covid-19 while keeping milk processed.