June 2014 Newsletter

Milk price & supply, SDAS bonus, chairman & vice-chairman, pregnancy testing, Carbery Greener Dairy Farm Walk, Carbery Milk Quality Awards 2013

18 June 2014

Milk Price

The milk price for the month of May is 38.40 cents per litre (174.6 cents per gallon) at 3.60 % butterfat, 3.30 % protein and including 0.50 cents per litre Summer Somatic Cell Count bonus and VAT @ 5.0%. This represents a decrease of 1.0 cent per litre from the April milk price. Carbery reduced the price paid to the Society by 2.0 cents per litre but the Board of Directors agreed to support the price by 1.0 cent per litre.

Milk Supply

The milk supply for the month of May was 22,000,058 litres (4,839,353 gallons) with an average butterfat of 3.71% and an average protein of 3.33 %.
This represents an increase of 1,869,595 litres (411,255 gallons) on butterfat adjusted supply compared to May 2013.

The Co-Op was approximately 9.51% over quota at the end of the May.

Reminder SDAS Bonus:

To avail of Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) bonus, please return scheme application forms to the Co-op. On signing up to the scheme you are committing to having an audit in the next 18 months.

Chairman & Vice-Chairman

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, Mr. David Connolly, Reavouler, Drinagh was re-elected Chairman and Mr. Richard Connell, Dunmanus, was elected Vice- Chairman.

We congratulate them on their appointments and wish them well in their terms of office.

Pregnancy Testing

Animal Health Laboratories are now up and running with their Milk and Blood Pregnancy Test. The cost is €3.90 + VAT per sample and has 99% Sensitivity.
Results from 35 days post service in Milk and 28 days post service in blood. Quick, easy and non-invasive. Contact Anne Marie for more details on 086 4186494.

Carbery Greener Dairy Farm Walk

Carbery Greener Dairy Farms Project

Farm Walk at 11:00 Tuesday 1st July

On the farm of
Michael & Marguerite Crowley,
Bauravilla, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Profitable Expansion through Economic and Environmental Efficiency


  • Michael Crowley’s Story
  • Economic and Environmental Efficiency
  • Saving Money on Energy
  • Water Management for Expanding Farms
  • Driving up Grass Growth & Stocking Rate

Carbery Milk Quality Awards 2013

The Drinagh Co-Op Winner of the award is:
Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen

The Drinagh Co-Op runners up are;
Michael Og Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen Adrian O’Driscoll, Maulathrane, Leap

The overall Carbery winner is:
Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen

We congratulate the three finalists on their remarkable achievement in consistently producing top quality milk. Drinagh Co-op would like to express a special word of congratulations to Kieran O’Sullivan, the overall winner of the Carbery Milk Quality Award. A farm walk will be held on the farm of Kieran O’Sullivan in July.

The following are the top 30 registered milk suppliers for 2013 based on milk quality in alphabetical order.

Adrian O’Driscoll, Maulatrahane, Leap
Anthony O’Shea, Gories, Bantry
Billy Wolfe, Knockawaddra, Kilmeen
Brendan O’Driscoll, Shreelane, Skibbereen
Dan J. & Catherine McCarthy, Lissane, Drimoleague
Daniel J. & William O’Donovan, Minanes, Drinagh
Donal McCarthy, Gurteenakilla, Ballydehob
Donie & Mary O’Donovan, Cullinagh, Skibbereen
Finbarr O’Sullivan, Rooska, Bantry
Francis Coughlan, Scart, Bantry
Francis Keating, Droumacara, Church Cross, Skibbereen
James Young, Derryclough, Drinagh
John Hunt, Lissacha North, Schull
John O’Donovan, Derrygrea, Drimoleague
John O’Regan, Kielbronogue, Schull
Joylon Helen, Knocks, Rossmore
Julieanne Fitzpatrick, Minanes, Drinagh
Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen
Liam O’Donovan, Clohane, Skibbereen
Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen
Michael Og Crowley, Bauravilla Upper, Skibbereen
Michael Russell, Knockane, Drimoleague
Noel & Derek Jagoe, Toughmacdermody, Drinagh
Pat Keane, Caherdaniel, Bantry
Patrick Collins, Knocktaggert, Skibbereen
Richard Jennings, Keelinga, Leap
Sean Dineen, Bawnbue, Drimoleague
Tadhg O’Donovan, Ahaguila, Clonakilty
Timothy McCarthy, Droumusta, Drimoleague
Timothy O’Mahony, Dreenane, Schull


Bonus Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme bonus of 0.15 cent per litre Michael & Marguerite Crowley Farm Walk Tues 1st July @ 11am