Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme this morning, CEO of Dairygold Jim Woulfe outlined – in monetary terms – how Brexit could impact Irish farm-gate milk prices.

Woulfe was attending the IFA Brexit event in Goffs, Kill, Co. Kildare, which the IFA is hosting in advance of talks in Brussels on Thursday of this week – where IFA President Joe Healy will be aiming to gather European support for IFA’s Brexit campaign.

Woulfe said: “We’re absolutely preparing for the worst because we’ve seen in the last 12 months surprises on many fronts where we didn’t expect outcomes, whether it was elections or many other things – including Brexit and the US and so on, so there is potentially an appalling vista emerging from the point of view of, for example, the dairy industry perspective where between 15% and 20% of our milk goes into cheddar cheese, which is destined for the British market.

“In the Dairygold context, that amounts to 30,000t, so it’s quite serious in the event of a breakdown, as Prime Minister May has said ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’.

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