Irish milk prices among lowest in Europe, survey confirms
Irish milk prices were almost 2.5c/l below the average paid by 17 of Europe's top dairies for September supplies.
While the dairies surveyed paid an average of 34.69c/l, Glanbia was 2.49c/l under this figure at 32.21c/l, while Dairygold was 2.39c/l under on 32.30c/l, and Kerry was 1.26c/l below the average on 33.43c/l.
The survey was commissioned by LTO Nederland, with the prices based on milk delivered at 4.2pc fat and 3.4pc protein. Glanbia and Dairygold paid the lowest prices recorded, with Kerry 13th of the 17 processors.
The top-paying dairies were Granarolo North from Italy on 37.87c/l, Danone of France on 37.55c/l, French processor Sodiaal on 36.51c/l, and Dutch giant Friesland-Campina on 36.42c/l.
Other prices included were Britain's Dairycrest on 35.02c/l, Arla of Denmark on 34.3c/l, and Valio of Finland on 34.9c/l.
Meanwhile, the report noted that New Zealand giant Fonterra paid 28.7c/l for September supplies.
Staying with milk prices, the ICMSA has called on processors to "hold their nerve" despite the recent downturn in global dairy markets.
The association's dairy chairman, Ger Quain, pointed out that the volumes of SMP being sold out of intervention had increased significantly, while European production levels were beginning to slip.