Up to 800 dairy farmers may be facing rejection of their milk supply in 2018
Up to 800 dairy farmers may be facing rejection of their milk supply in 2018 for failing to supply quality assurance certification for their herds to the processors.
Farmers who have not yet applied for audit despite a deadline of the end of 2017 are now facing penalties and ultimately rejection of milk supplies from their herds.
The scale of non-QA suppliers varies between co-op regions but all processors are now increasing pressure with an end of season target to achieve 100pc compliance.
An update on SDAS from Bord Bia shows that 15,643 suppliers have been fully certified, representing 87.9pc of all suppliers.
A further 1,100 suppliers are in the process of being audited and 240 have applied to the scheme.
Kerry Co-Op is the only manufacturing milk processor with 100pc of suppliers certified.
Producers have been coming under increasing pressure from their processors to have cetification by the end of 2017.
Many of the 820 suppliers who have yet to apply for certification are understood to be in the older generation and the expectation is that a majority of them are likely to cease production over the coming months.