August 12, 2008


Ireland's dairy farmers call for higher prices


The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) dairy committees from Kerry and Limerick called on Kerry Co-op to adjust its milk price upwards.


IFA National Dairy Committee chairman, Richard Kennedy, said Kerry was more than 2 percent behind the best milk price payers in the country.


Kennedy said the board of Kerry Co-op met Thursday (August 7) and suppliers were expecting a price increase. However, no announcement has been made.


A meeting of Kerry suppliers in Clare last week expressed anger at the failure of Kerry Co-op to match the top prices in Ireland.


Kerry IFA Dairy Committee chairman, James McCarthy, said it was unacceptable that Kerry Group, one of the leading processors in the country, would be in 9th position in the KPMG milk audit for a second consecutive year.

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