Dairy farmers mark new dawn in agriculture with ‘end of milk quota’ parties
Dairy farmers partied like it was the early 1980s last night to celebrate new rules allowing them to produce as much “white gold” as they like.
For over 30 years farmers had limits on the amount of milk they could sell.
But new rules mean farmers will no longer be subject to quotas in production, and will be able to produce as much milk as they find possible.
To mark the historic occasion, some producers organised “end-of-quota” parties, ringing in the regime change with ‘ceremonial milkings’.
Farmers in the small County Tipperary village of Ninemilehouse held one such hooley to mark the historic event.
A milking machine was also on hand for the celebration.
“I think this is the biggest event since we got rid of the Black and Tans,” enthused party organiser Walter Power.
“It is going to bring about massive change in rural areas.”