Supplier hits 60c/l while Kiwis are 'losing their edge'
Record milk prices are resulting in some farmers receiving an unprecedented 60c/l for their November milk supplies.
While only the top 10pc of suppliers are breaking the 50c/l barrier in co-ops such as Arrabawn, some farmers are getting closer to 60c/l because their herds have exceptionally high milk solids.
Gerard Smyth from Mullagh, Co Cavan, averaged almost 55c/l for his October milk deliveries and is confident that his November cheque will show a price of closer to 60c/l.
"November butterfat levels were 6.19pc, while proteins were at 4.44pc, which is higher than we've ever managed," he added.
The Lakeland supplier is drying off all of his spring calving cows this week. The 190-strong herd is bred from Jersey crossbreds with an EBI of €163 for the cows alone.
"We produced 370kg of milk solids per cow in 2012, but we eased back production in May of that year because we were worried about going over quota," he said.
Even though Mr Smyth will be well over quota this year, fantastic milk prices have encouraged him to "keep the foot on the accelerator all year".