A farm group has asked all milk purchasers to pay at least 30cpl for June milk.
The chairperson of the ICMSA’s dairy committee, Ger Quain, made in the call on the back of dairy market data which “clearly” shows a recovery from the falls of early May.
He welcomed the decision of Glanbia Ireland to increase its base milk price by 1.68cpl to 29.68cpl.
Including the monthly share of profit (0.42cpl), the new total of 30.1cpl is “now in line with the market returns and expectations”.
Commenting on this, Quain said it was good to see the biggest processor of milk in Ireland “stepping forward in this way and paying a market-derived price”.
‘Serious questions will be asked’
In advance of meeting Glanbia Ireland this week, Quain said that farm lobby group will be asking the processor to ensure that this increase is not a ‘once-off’ and asking them to lead the way upwards in terms of milk price in the coming months.
“ICMSA hopes that this will provide the impetus for other co-operatives to step up and increase their milk price now the first two announcements – Lakelands and Glanbia - have both been positive.”
“The other co-ops are due to set their milk price in the coming week and very serious questions will be asked of any processor who does not come up to the 30 cents per litre price and still wants to let the farmer-supplier continue to ‘take the hit’ that they have been taking since March,” concluded. Quain.