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Ireland records its biggest jump in milk production

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Ireland records its biggest jump in milk production

May 30
12:32 2016

milk-mediumIreland has recorded its biggest jump in milk production of any EU country since the lifting of quotas last year.

Figures from Central Statistics Office show milk output in Ireland rose by 18.5% to more than 6.5 billion litres in the 12 months since April last year, effectively the first full year of quota free production.

This was the biggest jump in output recorded across Europe’s main milk producers, eclipsing Belgium and the Netherlands, which saw increases of 14.2% and 11.9% respectively.

Europe’s largest producers Germany and France, recorded output increases of 3.7% and 1.3%.

The two-year slump in dairy markets was originally blamed on a fall-off in Chinese demand and the Russian import ban.

However, more recently overproduction in Europe since the lifting of quotas has been cited as the main downward pressure on price.

EU agricultural commissioner Phil Hogan last week raised the heckles of the industry here by suggesting European producers were partly to blame of the current downturn.

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) claimed the commissioner was completely wrong in attempting to “make farmers responsible for the dairy farmer income wipe-out when the blame for the current crisis lay squarely with the EU Commission, individual national governments and processors.”

“The reality is that individual farmers are being forced to produce more and more in an effort to simply try and stand still and unless their processor decides to implement a voluntary supply reduction scheme, the farmer simply has no other option,” said ICMSA boss John Comer.

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