Irish Milk prices are 14th in the list of European prices, That's according to chairman of the ICMSA's Dairy Committee, Gerald Quain. Mr. Quain says Dairy farmers are fully justified in their demand for a further increase in July milk price.
Mr. Quain also said that it is incorrect to suggest that Irish prices are at the correct level, and that the gap between EU and Irish prices have closed. He continued by reaffirming followers that the organisation will continue their lobbying efforts to try and get better prices for farmers based on the recent ongoing market returns, whilst aiming to bring prices on-line with our fellow EU countries.
"We make no apology for pointing out that even after the sustained period of price rises that we've seen that Irish milk price is still in 14th place at EU level", said Quain.
He continued by pointing out that EU levels are currently 1.6cent per litre above Irish averages, which he says equates to roughly €5,000 a year and over 300,000 litre of milk.
"As of May, the EU average was still 1.6c/Kg above our figure, that difference translates to almost €5,000 over a year for a 300,000 litre dairy farmer. Why are we still lagging the EU average?", said Quain.
It has been announced that a new 4 week long pilot programme has been set up in a bid to try and tackle the labour shortage problem in the dairy sector.
It has been estimated, as mentioned by James Healy Macra President in an interview here, that the dairy industry alone will need up to 5,000 new faces to enter the sector in order to keep up with recent expansion and demand increases.
A new course has been set up offering jobseekers a chance to try their hand at dairying. As mentioned above it is four weeks long, and is set to commence this coming September for dairy farming 'wannabes' in the Kilkenny and Waterford regions.
Said course is available for jobseekers and those receiving farm assist, and will be called the 'Dairy Operative Skills Programme'. It has been set up by the IFA, Department of Social Protection and Farm Relief services, and has received sponsorship from organisations such as skillsnet and Macra.
It is reported that part time milkers could make up to €5,000 a year, though they have been warned that any jobseeker receiving extra income will be means tested, as is standard practice.
Jobseekers will retain their current payments for the duration of the course.
International dairy news:
The US Food and Drug Administration have approved the first ever pain relief animal medication for food producing livestock.
The announcement comes as farmers globally have been put under a lot of recent pressure to reduce their use of antibiotic medication in food producing animals. This is due to recent scientific studies which have found that traces of the medication can still be found in the produce from these animals. This raises the fear that humans may become resistant to some antibiotic medications due to this ingestion of produce with these traces.
The USDA have now though approved for sale the first ever medication for use of food producing animals, as reported by dairyherd.com. The medication is called Banamine Transdermal and is prescribed for use on foot rot and for the the control of fever associated with respiratory disease in cattle.
Foot rot is a disease affecting the foot of an animal, occurring between the 'toes' of the animal. It occurs when the foot becomes irritated or a cut becomes infected in the area. It causes inflammation, and the decaying of the foot. Typical signs include lameness, and a loss of appetite and activity.
Respiratory disease is a disease which is caused either fungal, bacterial or viral infections. It can affect lungs, upper respiratory tract and and it usually causes a fever in cattle.
The newly approved anti-inflammatory medication, which is non steroidal, is now approved for use in steers, beef heifers, beef cows, beef bulls intended for slaughter for use in beef. While it is also available for use on replacement dairy heifers under 20 months of age.
It cannot though be used on dairy bulls, dairy cows over 20 months, suckler calves, dairy calves, veal calves and beef bulls intended for breeding.