November 2014 Newsletter

Milk price & supply, annual agreed volume, CellCheck and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk award winners, fodder subsidy, animal disease quota, agri workshop, milk deliveries

19 November 2014

Milk Price

The milk price for the month of October is the same as last month – 33.14 cents per litre (150.654 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 VAT at 5.0%.

Milk Supply

The milk supply for the month of October was 11,315,811 litres (2,489,125 gallons) with an average butterfat of 4.51% and an average protein of 3.87%.

This represents an increase of 898,527 litres (197,649 gallons) on butterfat adjusted supply compared to October 2013.

The Co-Op was 9.75% over quota at the end of the October. If supply matches quota for the remainder of the quota year, this will result in a Super Levy bill of €4.1 million for the Society before the allocation of National Flexi milk.

The Department estimates that the country was 7.15% over quota at the end of October.

Annual Agreed Volume

We remind suppliers the closing date for the return of their Annual Agreed Volume application was the 14th of November. Most suppliers have already signed their application form 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 to assist in the completion of the forms.

Location Date Time
Mon 24 th November 11.00am to 1.00pm
Mon 24 th November 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Bantry Farm Centre
Tues 25 th November 11.00am to 1.00pm
Skib Hardware
Tues 25 th November 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Wed 26 th November 11.00am to 1.00pm
Wed 26 th November 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Drinagh Central
Thurs 28 th November 10.00am to 4.00pm

CellCheck Award Winners

2014 CellCheck Award Winners
Pictured at the recent Cell Check Awards were (L-R) Finbarr O’Sullivan, Finola McCoy Animal Health Ireland, Jerry O’Neill, Martin Murnane, George Deane and Mary Crowley FBD.

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 2014.

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 2015 without receiving a completed cert. We ask suppliers to attend to their Health Certificate obligations immediately to avoid unnecessary letters and phone calls.

Fodder Subsidy

The Co-Op has received payment on behalf of all suppliers who submitted a claim form under the Imported Fodder Transport Scheme. The relevant allocations have been credited to each individuals October or November goods account.

NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards
Drinagh Winner pictured at the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards (L-R) Zoe Kavanagh CEO National Dairy Council, GAA star Henry Shefflin, Donal O’Connor Reavouler, Drinagh, Kevin Lane CEO Irish Dairy Board, Carmel O’Connor, Reavouler and Tim Regan Drinagh Co-Op.

Website Launch

At the Agri Workshop on Thursday 13th of November Drinagh launched their new website exactly 91 years to the day from when the Co-Op was first registered.

Drinagh Website Launch
Pictured at the new website launch was Caroline Buttimer Drinagh Co-Op & Joe O’Sullivan CEO Drinagh Co-Op

Designed to be user friendly and informative check out our new website at

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 5th December, 2014, 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.

Agri Workshop 2014

Busy Drinagh Mill and Dairy stands at the Agri Workshop 2014. Up to 300 suppliers and customers attended the workshop throughout the day. The workshop has grown in popularity with our customers due to the one-to-one expert advice available on a range of topics.

Milk Deliveries

The Department have reminded us to be aware of any milk supplier over quota who may be considering selling their milk through suppliers who are under quota.

The Society as a milk purchaser can only accept milk when we are absolutely certain of the place of origin of that milk.

Inspection programmes carried out by the Department will now carry a greater focus on identifying and following up on irregular milk supply arrangements. The Department have and will continue to carry out audits to check for irregular milk supply in the area.


New Drinagh website launched - check it out @

Co-op 9.75% and Country 7.15% over quota at the end of October