Ireland still on track to exceed milk quota despite August dip
Ireland remains on course to exceed its national milk quota, despite a slight easing of milk supplies during the second half of August.
Glanbia, Dairygold, Kerry and Arrabawn alone account for around 130m litres of excess milk over and above their individual quota years to date.
Co-ops reported increased milk supplies for the first half of August, with a slight tapering off of deliveries in the latter half of the month. However, all co-ops are still significantly over quota at this stage.
The latest figures for milk supplies to Glanbia put it 8.2pc over quota on August 20, while its Premier subsidiary is 6.5pc over quota. Overall, supply for the co-op was 57.3m litres over on September 3.
Milk price deductions of 20c/l will be made to the August milk cheques of Glanbia's suppliers that are over quota by more than 350,000l. However, this deduction will increase to 28.66c/l for any over-quota milk supplied from now on.
Dairygold is running 8.2pc or 46m litres over, when August deliveries were analysed.
A Dairygold spokesman said that milk supplies, during the first two weeks of August, were 5pc higher this year compared to last year, but fell back in the second half of the month.
Kerry figures show that it was 3.1pc over quota at the end of August, amounting to about 16m litres.