€18,000 fine 'is a huge chunk of year's income'
WEXFORD dairy farmer Sam Rose (below) has said he's been hit with an €18,000 fine for overproducing milk in the year from April 2011 to March 2012.
He had been paying the money in installments to his co-op over the summer, just as bad weather hit causing his feed costs to soar.
"It's a huge chunk out of this year's earnings," said Mr Rose.
He had two sons on the farm outside Gorey with him, but the current quota system made it impossible for them to expand production the way they wanted to, despite an investment of €750,000 they'd made in their dairy facilities.
"We have 100 cows, so we're effectively limited to 33 each, which isn't much," said Mr Rose, who is a leading member of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association.