IFA president John Bryan has written to all the main retailers and dairies and called for an immediate liquid milk price lift for farmers, to off-set the huge feed cost increases which the 2012 winter milk prices simply do not cover.
“IFA has spent the last two to three months highlighting the plight of farmers to both retailers and processors, explaining the need for a 5c/l increase to sustain year-round quality locally produced fresh milk supplies, so far without any satisfactory response from dairies. This is simply not acceptable, and the patience of liquid milk suppliers is running out,” Mr Bryan said.
“The National Liquid Milk Committee will be meeting next week, and I have today written to all dairies and retailers to remind them that they cannot ignore the economic realities of producers, and must ensure a larger slice of market returns is paid to farmers to secure high quality locally produced, fresh milk supplies year-round,” he added.
“Today, farmers are putting down a clear marker. Dairies and retailers must take action now and return a higher milk price before the end of the month,” he said.
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