July 2017 Newsletter

Milk Price, Fixed Milk Price Scheme 2, Milk Quality, Computer Course, Drinagh Group at Carbery Milk Quality Awards, Carbery Milk Quality Winner Farm Walk

19 July 2017

Milk Price

The Board of Directors have increased the milk price for the month of June by 1.0 cents per litre - bringing the price to 35.19 cpl (159.97 cents per gallon) at 3.60% butterfat and 3.30% protein, including Summer Somatic Cell Count (SCC) bonus of 0.5 cpl, SDAS bonus of 0.15 cpl and VAT at 5.4%.

The average price paid for the month is 37.69 cpl. This is based on the average butterfat of 3.91% and protein of 3.46%, including SCC, SDAS bonuses and VAT.

Fixed Milk Price Scheme 2

Fixed milk price scheme 2 has now finished. The scheme ran for 18 months from Jan 1st 2016 to June 30th 2017.

Milk Quality

Occasionally milk suppliers forget to turn on their milk tank for the first milking after milk collection. This is usually discovered the morning after the milk collection.

What are your options?

  1. 1.Discard the uncooled milk, wash the tank and turn on the tank for the next milking Or
  2. 2.Turn on the tank and cool the milk before you commence milking. Only when the milk is fully cooled, should you start milking. Take a sample of the cooled milk to Carbery and test for TBC.

This option is usually only successful when the first milking has been efficiently plate cooled. Often the result is very high and both milkings have to be discarded.

Each load of milk delivered to Carbery is now tested for TBC. The individual farmer samples on any high load are tested to find the source of the problem.

A number of tank providers can now supply a temperature monitor for milk tanks. The sensor can be fitted to any milk tank and can tell the owner when the tank has not cooled or washed properly.

Computer Course

Free Digital Skills Training For Citizens

5 x 2 hour, total 10 hours of Computer training sessions

Provided at local centres across West Cork subject to demand.

4 hours specifically for Farmers for Computerised cattle registration, and movement permits. This is a specific section for Farmers.

Course open to all beginners

Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to the internet
  • Internet safety & security
  • Email
  • Search engines and websites
  • Online government services
  • Conducting everyday transactions
  • Online voice and video calls
  • Use of “Apps”.

For further information contact Joe Cronin (086)1717592, or joe@wcdp.ie

Drinagh Group at Carbery Milk Quality Awards

The Drinagh group pictured at the recent Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel Clonakilty - kneeling from left: Annie, Eve, Ruby & Emma O' Donovan ; Seated l-r - Mary & Robert Deane, Drinagh Co-op Runners Up ; Dolores & Liam O'Donovan, Drinagh Co-Op Winners ; Dermot O'Leary Chairman Carbery Group, Dan McSweeney, CEO Carbery Group, Derek & Triona Jagoe, Drinagh Co-Op Runners Up ; Carol Jagoe. Back l-r - Muireann Deane ; Jerome O'Mahony, Darren Lynch, Seamus Daly, Joe O'Sullivan CEO Drinagh Co-Op, Tom Murphy, Keith Jagoe & Noel Jagoe. (Photo: George Maguire)

Carbery Milk Quality Winner Farm Walk

on the farm of

John Joe O’Sullivan & Family

Gurrane, Rosscarbery

Friday, 21st July 2017

From 12.00 noon to 2.00pm

Topics for the Day:

  • Milk Quality & Herd Health
  • Clover pastures & Nutrient Management Planning
  • Herd Management & Superior Milk Composition
  • Connecting the Farmer & the Consumer