November 2015 Newsletter

Milk Price & Supply, SDAS Update, Milk Quality & Animal Health Workshop, All Ireland Winners, NDC & Kerrygold Quality Award, Farm Hazardous Waste, Milk Quality Texts

16 December 2015

Milk Price & Supply

The milk price for the month of October has been reduced by 1.00 cent per litre. This brings the price to 28.00 cents per litre (127.28 cents per gallon) at 3.60% butterfat and 3.30% protein. This includes a bonus of 0.5 cents per litre for a Summer Somatic Cell Count of less than 200,000, an SDAS bonus of 0.15 cents per litre, milk price support of 0.19 cents per litre and including VAT at 5.2%.

The average price paid for the month based on the average butterfat of 4.44% and protein of 3.91%, including SCC, SDAS bonuses, milk price support and VAT is 34.41 cents per litre.

The milk supply for the month of October was 15,608,426 litres (3,433,366 gallons). This represents an increase of approx 17.84% on supply compared to October 2014.

SDAS Update

SDAS audits are ongoing with a total of €12,686 paid out to all certified suppliers in October. Over 63% of suppliers are now benefitting from the SDAS bonus each month. The Society encourages anyone who has not joined the scheme to do so as soon as possible. With many suppliers now coming towards the dry period this gives an ideal opportunity to get their audit completed before things get busy again next spring. Any suppliers that are ready to have their audit or are preparing for an audit and require any assistance please contact Tim Regan.

Milk Quality & Animal Health Workshop

Teagasc/Carbery joint programme workshop will be held on Friday the 27th of November in the Celtic Ross Hotel starting @ 10.45am and finishing @ 1pm.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Somatic Cell Count (SCC) & cellcheck programme
  • Trichloromethane (TCM) & avoidance measures
  • Proper milking equipment washing routines
  • Johnes disease & risk assessment / mitigation

All are welcome to attend

All Ireland Winners

Kieran, Catherine and Cathal O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen pictured with Henry Shefflin after receiving the Cup for the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award.

Autumn / Winter Promotion 2015

This comprehensive promotion finishes on the 27th of November. Call to your local store to avail of the special offers across a huge range of products

NDC & Kerrygold Quality Award

Drinagh would like to extend huge congratulations to Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan from Dunmanus, Goleen who were victorious at the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards last month.

Kieran was competing against the best of the best showing what an achievement winning this award is and the exceptional standards to which he runs his farm.

Farm Hazardous Waste

A farm hazardous waste collection day will run at Bandon Mart on Friday the 27th of November from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

This provides an excellent opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste in a manner that protects human health, livestock and the environment.

Wastes that will be collected on the day include:

  • Pesticides and biocides
  • Veterinary and animal healthcare wastes
  • Needles and syringes
  • Paints
  • Oils
  • Batteries

For more information log on to or LoCall 1890 33 55 99

Drinagh Co-Op is hosting an Agri Work Shop on Wednesday 2nd December in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen from 2.00pm to 9.00pm.

This is a great opportunity for farmers to avail ofFREEinformation on a range of Agri related issues. Speak to our Creamery, Stores, Mill and Sales Representatives as well as Teagasc, Animal Health Ireland, Munster Group and other experts for free advice, information and demonstrations on a range of products and services.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Fixed Milk Price Scheme
  • Annual Agreed Volume
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Winter feeding and forage
  • Herd Health With Dr. Doreen Corridan
  • Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS)
  • Drinagh Supplier Login
  • And a range of other topics

There will also be a number of trade stands in attendance including:

  • Dairy Hygiene
  • Veterinary Products

And much more

Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome to attend

Milk Quality Texts

The Society now has the facility to add a second phone number that will receive milk supply information to each milk suppliers account. Please contact Ann O’Donovan @ 028 30800 if you wish to do so.