November 2013 Newsletter

Milk price & supply, health certificate, milk collection, annual disease quota, ETI code, SCC bonus, milk supply agreement

15 November 2013

Milk Price

The milk price for the month of October is the same as last month- 39.40 cents per litre (179.12 cents per gallon) at 3.60% butterfat and 3.30% protein, including a bonus of 0.50 cents per litre for a Somatic Cell Count of less than 200,000 and including V.A.T. @ 4.8%.

Milk Supply

The milk supply for the month of October was 10,509,087 litres (2,311,684 gallons) with an average butterfat of 4.49% and an average protein of 3.83%. This represents an increase of 550,003 litres (120,984 gallons) on butterfat adjusted supply compared to October 2012.

The Co-Op was 1.66% over quota at the end of the October. Figures from the Department estimate the country was 0.90% over quota at the end of October.

Health Certificate

We remind suppliers to forward their completed Dairy Herd Health Certificate to the Co-Op when completed. Certificates should be signed by a vet and dated 2013. The white copies of pages 1,3 and 4 should be sent to the Co-Op. We have spare certs for anybody who has lost their original.

We will be unable to collect milk from 1st January 2014 without receiving a completed cert. We ask suppliers to attend to their Health Certificate obligations immediately to avoid unnecessary letters and phone calls.

Milk Collection

We remind suppliers in order to maintain our efficiency of milk collection we have a minimum collection volume of 200 litres for the months of December and January on all static tanks. If a supplier wishes to continue supplying less than 200 litres per collection for December and/or January it will be necessary to bring the milk to an agreed collection point.

Milk supply of less than 200 litres per collection is uneconomical for farmers due to costs of production and the minimum collection charge of € 4.00.

Animal Disease Quota

Application forms for additional milk quota from the National Reserve on a temporary (Animal Disease) basis are now available.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6th December, 2013, except in the case of producers whose herds become restricted after that deadline. Such producers should submit their applications within one month of becoming restricted.

Applications must be fully completed – incomplete forms will not be placed before the Tribunal.

The amount of quota available under the Scheme will be less than the total additional production produced by restricted producers. Therefore allocations will not match the estimated additional production by individual producers.

ETI Code

ETI stands for Ethical Trading Initiative. The ETI base code can be found on the Society’s website This is the minimum standard used by Carbery as an employer.

S.C.C. Bonus

The bonus for a Somatic Cell Count of less than 200,000 is 0.92 cents per litre (4.2 cents per gallon) incl. V.A.T. from November to February inclusive. The bonus is available to all suppliers. The conditions of the bonus are:

  • milk must be antibiotic negative
  • the average Somatic Cell Count must be less than 200,000 for the month
  • milk supplied must not have a T.B.C. greater than 100,000.
  • Milk supplied must be greater than 4.2 % lactose

Milk Supply Agreement

Most suppliers have already signed a Milk Supply Agreement for milk supply post 1st April 2015 when quotas will be abolished. To facilitate the remaining suppliers who wish to supply milk from 1st April 2015, Seamus Daly and Tim Regan will be available in the following branches on the dates and times outlined.





Friday 22nd November

11.00am to 1.00pm


Friday 22nd November

2.00pm to 4.00pm

Bantry Farm Centre

Monday 25th November

11.00am to 4.00pm

Skib Hardware

Tuesday 26th November

11.00am to 4.00pm


Wednesday 27th November

11.00am to 1.00pm


Wednesday 27th November

2.00pm to 4.00pm

Drinagh Central

Thursday 28th November

10.00am to 4.00pm

Pictured (L-R) GAA star Bernard Brogan; Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State at the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Denis & Rose Collins and their kids, Sara James and Tommy receiving a Highly Commended prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, 2013 for Best Quality supplying less than 20,000 litre and Seamus Daly, Drinagh Co-Op. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.


Animal Disease Quota closing date Friday 6th December 2013. Check out Drinagh’s BRAND NEW website at