IFA Warns Co-ops: Don’t Kick Farmers While They’re Down

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must not kick farmers while they’re down by cutting milk prices, but must instead utilise some of the strongly increased 2017 profits to show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for […]

Stressed Out Farmers Will Interpret Any March Milk Price Cut As Further Kick In The Teeth – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for dairy farmers – by holding the March milk price.   Farmers appreciate the support co-ops have given through various fodder initiatives. However, […]

Co-ops Must Be Ready To Invest In Farmers’ Economic Sustainablility When Setting March Milk Prices – IFA

“The milk price decisions some co-ops took for February milk have shown just how out of touch they are with the massive challenges to their economic sustainability suppliers have been experiencing for the last number of months,” IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said. He said it is at least as important for […]

Co-Ops Have Better Understanding Of Pressures On Farmers – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said differences between the milk price cuts announced by milk purchasers so far, from 1c/l from Lakeland to a massive 3c/l from Glanbia, show differences in the appreciation the co-ops have of the very real pressures a long winter, late spring and the most severe snow storm […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Co-Ops Requested To Stop Milk Price Slide

IFA President Eddie Downey and Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary have written to the Chairmen of all dairy co-ops asking them to undertake a root-and-branch review of their business processes to identify savings and progress further cooperation and consolidation to drive efficiencies and help ensure farmers get the best possible milk price.   The IFA […]

Farmers Bitterly Disappointed by Co-Ops Which Did Not Increase August Milk Price

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey said suppliers of those co-ops which had decided against increasing their August milk prices were bitterly disappointed and felt let down at a time of massively increased costs.   Mr Kiersey said co-ops were being too cautious on prices at a time when the latest Fonterra auction results […]

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