Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

November milk supplies up to 70pc ahead of 2012

Damian Keyes of Goresbridge, Kilkenny, on his rounds for Glanbia
Damian Keyes of Goresbridge, Kilkenny, on his rounds for Glanbia
Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

The lure of record milk prices and fantastic grazing conditions have resulted in a massive surge in milk supplies.

A superlevy fine is now a foregone conclusion, with the biggest co-ops in the country already either over or approaching their quota limit.

Milk processors are reporting a flood of milk from dairy farmers, with some co-ops reporting that deliveries over the last month were running almost 70pc ahead of those recorded for the same period last year.

Kerry supplies were an estimated 66pc higher than the milk supplied during November 2012 and the company is expected to be on quota by mid-December.

"Our quota position has narrowed considerably. We are now 0.35pc or 3m litres under quota and we expect by mid-December to be on quota," a Kerry Group spokesman told the Farming Independent. "This time last year we would have been 46m litres under quota."

The volume of milk is such that Kerry is taking in milk at both Listowel and Charleville, which is virtually unheard of at this time of year.

However, the remarkable surge in milk supplies is not limited to Kerry, with Glanbia, Dairygold, Lakeland and Aurivo all reporting strong milk deliveries.

Glanba is 3.2pc over quota and its Premier liquid milk subsidiary is also running 1.4pc over quota year to date.

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"Supplies are up 15pc on November 2012, and up 25pc during the last week of November when compared to the same week last year," said a Glanbia spokesperson.

Dairygold supplies for November were approximately 16pc higher than November 2012. "At the end of October we were 2.6pc over (quota) and it will have increased again during November but I don't want to speculate," said a Dairygold spokesman. Arrabawn supplies are up 30pc week on week compared to the same time last year, chief executive Conor Ryan confirmed.

"We are about 1.9pc over quota and with cows still out grazing and good milk price on offer, fellows who would never fill their quota are going to do it this year," Mr Ryan said.

Aurivo's November supplies were 34pc ahead of the same month in 2012, a spokesman confirmed. "We're about 3pc behind on quota year to date but the gap has been closing. In September we were 5pc behind quota," he remarked.

The 3pc shortfall on quota translates into approximately 7m litres of breathing space at the moment, he explained.

Official Department of Agriculture figures on the national quota position are due later this week.

Irish Independent