The drop in milk production during the fourth month of this year could equate to a loss of about €15 million in dairy farmer incomes, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has estimated.
Earlier today, figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicated that milk production on farms in the Republic of Ireland fell by 5.9% in April of this year compared to the same month in 2017.
Commenting on the news, the chairperson of the ICMSA’s Dairy Committee, Ger Quain, said that statistics confirmed that – as suspected – the “severe winter and spring” has resulted in a “very substantial drop” in milk production.
He maintained that this drop in production will feed into the overall picture for 2018 in several ways.
Obviously the first and most serious consequence is in terms of farmer income, the difference in production between April of this year and April 2017 will – we estimate – work out at about €15 million less in dairy farmer incomes.