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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Liquid milk deal sealed

Representatives of the 960 liquid milk farmers voted in favour of the new three-year deal that was negotiated on their behalf with Glanbia last week.

The deal will see liquid milk suppliers secure a 3.83c/l premium over manufacturing prices for the next three years.

The Fresh Milk Producers delegates also voted to have the top-up paid over a six-month period from October to March.

One of the 15 branches chose to vote against the new deal, which will see all liquid milk suppliers being paid on the A+B-C milk solids pricing system.

"Everybody would like a higher price but there is a good premium there now for the winter months," said FMP chairman Eamonn McEntaggert.

Cavan dealer to expand

Machinery dealer Gerard Clarke has scotched rumours that his business is in trouble by announcing a major expansion of his retail store in Cavan town.

The dealer is moving into hardware supplies in partnership with Expert Hardware at his Moynehill Retail Park premises.

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Mr Clarke said his dealerships in Cavan, Ballyjamesduff, Kells and Roscommon were performing better than last year.

"Turnover was up 30pc for the first seven months of this year compared with the same period last year and I have taken on three more staff," he said.

Boks in BSE rule change

South Africa has decided to bring its BSE testing requirements for Irish beef in line with those of the EU.

This means that for the purposes of trade with South Africa, the minimum age for BSE testing of healthy cattle slaughtered for human consumption will be increased from 48 months to 72 months.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney described the move as a "positive decision".

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