IFA calls on co-ops to ‘put their best foot forward’ to deliver milk prices

The Irish Farmers Association is calling on Co-ops that have yet to consider their May milk prices to do better for their suppliers.

The organisation has been reacting to the announcement by Lakeland and Glanbia that, while holding the base milk price, they would respectively eliminate and reduce the bonuses paid in April.

IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan says farmers would be disappointed, now that markets had recovered to a point that comfortably supported the full April pay-out.

He’s calling on other Co-ops to maintain the base plus support pay-out they paid for April milk, stressing that output for that month was almost 6% down.

He added that all co-ops must now put their best foot forward to deliver milk price increases for milk supplied from June onwards.