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
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%.
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.
||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|
||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|
||Thurs 28 th November||10.00am to 4.00pm|
CellCheck Award Winners
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.
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
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.
Designed to be user friendly and informative check out our new website at drinagh.com.
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.
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 @ drinagh.com
Co-op 9.75% and Country 7.15% over quota at the end of October