Milk production takes a hit from drought

  • Milk production takes a hit from drought
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    Consumption of domestic milk to creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 848.5 million litres in July 2018, according to the CSO. It was 3.1 PC lower than the corresponding figure 2017.
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Consumption of domestic milk to creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 848.5 million litres in July 2018, according to the CSO. It was 3.1 PC lower than the corresponding figure 2017.

Dairy farmers who usually work on a much heavier load than drystock farmers, it was bad this summer suffered from drought, many find that their bills to feed two times in a limited amount of grass and feed.

Besides, prices for farm milk have been reduced in the first half of 2018, and is likely to be about 10pc on the previous year’s level.

Some dairy farmers are planning to reduce the size of the herd as a means to limit their account feed.

At the national level of milk production that was set to continue to grow in 2018, is now likely to slightly contract, in relation to the 2017 level, according to the Committee.

Comparing July 2018 milk produce figures with those for July 2017 shows that total milk sold for human consumption decreased by 2.4 PC to 43.8 million litres, while butter production decreased by 3.9 PC to 23,000 tons.

IFA Chairman for National dairy Committee Tom Phelan said that the cooperative was taken earlier this summer of fear and was too conservative in the basic price of milk, what to do with temporary “support” payments, which can be easily snatched.

He said that the Director General Eamon group Kerry Scanlon and CEO of Glanbia at Siobhan Talbot recently expressed confidence in the market. This should lead to higher prices for milk deliveries in August, he said.

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