Milk production up 7% in October as dairy farmers 'milk on'
Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 536.1m litres for October 2017.
This was 7.2pc above the corresponding 2016 figure.
Given the positive milk price, many farmers have decided to delay drying off their cows this autumn.
However, Teagasc has warned that it is important that farmers need to establish if it is worth their while milking on some of their herd.
It says there will be additional costs including supplementation, parlour operating costs and labour. Remember also that you need a break before the start of the 2018 milking season.
Dairy Expert Dan Ryan said many of his clients plan to milk both empty cows and later calvers through the Christmas period.
“This would not be the norm but the catch up factor after two years of non-profitable milk production has incentivised farmers to continue milking this year,” he said.
However, Ryan said caution should be exercised on three primary fronts when planning to milk on a year round basis: