Clona Dairies has recently become the first producer group in the country to become 100% certified under the SDAS scheme. This is as part of Bord Biaâs farm facing side of origin green.
The IFAâs National Liquid Milk Chairman, John Finn, welcomed the news and congratulated the suppliers on their latest achievement. He added that this goal was reached by the company due to the hard work of farmers in conjunction with their respective co-ops and processors. He also said that it should be leveraged by the industry and valued by retailers, on the basis that farmers are rewarded fairly with sustainable milk prices.
He added âAll of Irelandâs milk producers, including liquid milk producers, are engaged in the SDAS/Origin Green process, and the number certified is already well in excess of 82%, and rising fast with the stated target for all milk purchasers to reach 100% by year endâ.
He praised farmers for becoming involved in the SDAS process and says they have done so to highlight their sustainability credentials, and increase milk value. He said this will become increasingly more important during winter months and added that âFarmers have engaged in the SDAS process to prove their sustainability credentials and to add value to their milk. But this value must be appreciated, and fully leveraged by our processors, including our liquid milk dairies, to deliver sustainable liquid milk payments, especially over the winter months,â.
The National Liquid Milk chairman added that winter payments are required by farmers to help cover production costs and concluded by saying âWithout winter payments that cover the significantly higher production costs incurred, the economic viability of year-round specialist milk production becomes doubtful, and the security of fresh, high quality, locally produced milk supplies for the Irish drinking milk market at certain times of the year will come into question,â.