IFA Calls on Co-Ops To Co-ordinate Efforts To Help Farmers After Hurricane Ophelia

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary today (Wed) said it was crucial that co-ops would co-ordinate their efforts to support farmers in dealing with the consequences of hurricane Ophelia to optimise its efficiency.   Sean O’Leary said, “The most pressing problem on farms is where they are left without electricity after a power outage which […]

All Co-Ops Must Increase July Milk Price – IFA

IFA Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has called on co-ops to follow the lead set by Lakeland and Glanbia and increase their July milk price by at least 1c/l.   He said there is scope and justification for the increase based on current market returns and the positive market outlook.   Sean O’Leary said IFA has […]

Irish Milk Prices Have A Way To Go To Catch Up With EU Competitors – IFA

As co-ops decide this week on their June milk price, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said they have some catching up to do to ensure Irish dairy farmers receive the full benefits from improving markets, and competitive milk prices relative to their European counterparts.   Bearing in mind the 6.15c/l gap between best […]

Lakeland Milk Price Disappointing – Co-Ops Must Provide More Significant Increases

Lakeland suppliers are very disappointed at the 1c/l increase for October milk decided by the Co-op last week, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has said.   He said the Lakeland price is over 1c/l short of the Ornua PPI for October and, in the context of that and the fact that EU average […]

Dairy Forum Cash Flow Tool Initiative Worthwhile

Speaking following the first Dairy Forum chaired by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said that, while the initiative to provide farmers with stakeholder assistance and training in planning short and medium term cash flow projections is very worthwhile, it is crucial that the Minister would deliver actual low- […]

Co-ops Must Commit To At Least Holding Milk Prices To Year End – O’Leary

Commenting on the Dairygold decision to hold their May milk price, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary today (Monday) said that milk prices paid by all co-ops have fallen well under production costs in recent months, so that most dairy farmers were now deep into the red.   He said to help support farmers’ […]

Even Without May Price Cuts, €7000 Comes Off A Commercial Farmer’s May Milk Margin

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said an IFA case study has shown that a producer who started out with 400,000l output in 2013 and increased his production in line with national output growth to date would, even assuming no further milk price cut, lose €7,181 from his May milk margin compared with May […]

Farmers Worried About Sustainability Of The GII Model – Joe Healy

Speaking ahead of a meeting this afternoon with Glanbia at which he will lead an IFA Dairy Committee and County Chairmen delegation, newly-elected IFA President Joe Healy said Glanbia suppliers were genuinely questioning the level of base milk price being paid by GII, which has been consistently lower than other milk purchasers.   “Farmers are […]

Dairy Forum: Minister Must Explore All Options Under EU Measures To Suport Farmers’ Cash Flow

At a time when bad weather, late turnout and increased feed bills, compounded by low milk prices are stressing farm cash flow and farmer confidence, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary welcomed today’s meeting of the Dairy Forum Sub Group, convened to find practical ways of supporting farmers.   All stakeholders, including the Department officials, […]

IFA Shouts Stop To Further Milk Price Cuts

At a meeting of the IFA National Dairy Committee this week, dairy farm leaders from all over the country called for an immediate stop to any further milk price cuts, in the face of severe cash flow challenges on farms. The Committee members will contact co-op board members accordingly in the coming days, as boards […]