Thurles farmer says ending of quotas good for Tipp

Seamus Troy, chair Tipperary ICMSA
Thurles-based farmer Seamus Troy, has said that the ending of the era of milk quotas represents an opportunity for the county’s agri-food industry and its wider rural economic foundation to take a massive step forward with confidence.

Thurles-based farmer Seamus Troy, has said that the ending of the era of milk quotas represents an opportunity for the county’s agri-food industry and its wider rural economic foundation to take a massive step forward with confidence.

The chair of Tipperary ICMSA said the local agri-sector was entitled to feel confident about the post-quota era based on our grass-based system and internationally recognised standards of excellence but he stated that those most entitled to feel the benefits of the ending of quotas were the people milking the cows, making the investments, and borrowing the money to do so.

Mr Troy said that the success or failure of Irish post-quota milk production rested completely on the ability and willingness of Irish processors to pay a milk price commensurate with the effort and investments made by their farmer-suppliers.

He said that everyone should remember that the whole multi-billion euro sector rested completely on the efforts of those farmer-suppliers and they were entitled to at least as much reward as every other link in the chain to the consumer.