The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) has expressed its disappointment with Lakeland Dairies’ ‘missed opportunity’ to increase their June price.
The IFA said the Lakeland missed the opportunity to incase their milk price ‘at a time when this was justified, and their suppliers needed it badly’.
Must Do Better
IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said that farmers would not tolerate other co-ops, many of which paid less that Lakeland’s offering in May, using the Lakeland example as an excuse. “They can and must do better,” he said.
“I have called for co-ops to include the May fodder/weather support into the June base price and to further increase the June base by at least 1c/l.
“This is fully justified by increased market returns during June, and absolutely necessary to support farmers’ cash flow in one of the most challenging years many have ever experienced.”
The IFA has been regularly calling on Irish co-ops to set better milk prices for farmers, and the group recently called on retailers to better support vegetable producers who, like milk farmers, are currently facing an income crisis.
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