May 2018 Newsletter

Milk Price, Milking Machine Technicians, Feed Rebate, Quality Milk Suppliers, Carbery Shares, Drinagh Grass Seed & Weed Control Brochures, New Milk Recording Report

15 May 2018

Milk Price

After milk price support of 3.0 cents per litre by Carbery the milk price for the month of April is unchanged at 35.21 cpl (160.06 cents per gallon) at 3.60% butterfat and 3.30% protein, including Summer Somatic Cell Count (SCC) bonus of 0.5 cpl and VAT at 5.4%.

The average price paid for the month is 36.31 cents per litre. This is based on the average butterfat of 4.01% and protein of 3.19%, including SCC bonus and VAT.

Milking Machine Technicians

Milking Machine Technician Tony Murphy has started in a new position in Carbery, ceasing his milking machine service business. We would like to thank Tony for his years of hard work and dedication to keeping milk suppliers operating at all times. Colm McCarthy from Skibbereen has taken over Tony’s business. Colm’s number is (086) 8241265.

Some of the other milking machine technicians that operate in our area are listed below:

Ger Barry - Skibbereen
Mobile: (087) 2567211

Shane Jennings of Enniskeane Diary Services, Enniskeane
Landline: (023) 8847877
Mobile: (087) 2615843

Howard Deane Dairy Services, Clonakilty
Landline: 023 8834028
Mobile: 086 2623845

David O’Leary, Goleen
Mobile: (087) 0567610

Feed Rebate

The feed rebate announced last month of €20.00 per tonne of ruminant compounded feed, €10.00 per tonne rebate on mixes and €5.00 per tonne on straights purchased during March has been credited to the April trading account.

Quality Milk Suppliers

glass of milk

The top three milk suppliers nominated for the 2018 Carbery Milk Quality Awards by Drinagh based on Butterfat, Protein, T.B.C., S.C.C. results are as follows:

  • Brendan O’Driscoll, Shreelane, Leap
  • Charles & Martina McCarthy, Toe Head, Castlehaven
  • Noel O’Shea, Ballyhalla, Skibbereen

We congratulate the three finalists on their remarkable achievement of consistently producing top quality milk.

The overall winner of the competition will be announced next month.

Carbery Shares

The Board of Carbery has announced a trading window for shareholders who wish to trade their shares from the 11th May 2018 to 5th June 2018. Any supplier that holds and wishes to sell surplus shares can do so during this trading window.

The most recent valuation has put an indicative value of €3.71 cents on each share.

Drinagh Grass Seed & Weed Control Brochures

The Drinagh Weed Control Guide () and the Drinagh Grass Seed brochure () for 2018 are included in this month’s statement.

The weed control guide gives information on what weeds each product will target, application rates, water rates and stock withhold periods. For further information on specific weed issues contact Tim/ Darren.

The grass seed brochure gives the varieties that make up the Drinagh grass seed mixes for 2018. When considering soil type and future use of the reseed it is essential to select the right mix to get the best results for your farm.

This information will help you to select the Drinagh grass seed mixture that best suits your needs.

New Milk Recording Report

ICBF have updated their milk recording reports. The reports now show information in a more easy to read manner, allowing easier monitoring of individual cow performance within the herd. It is hoped that the new report will be available to suppliers in the next few weeks.

Herd Production Profile

This divides your cows in to three performance groups; best, average and low performers. The categoratisation of cows is based on the milk value less the costs of production.

herd production profile

SCC Profile

This divides your cows in to four separate groups based on their current and previous SCC. The graph shows the proportion of cows in each category and the number of cows in each category is written in the centre.

SCC profile


Carbery Share price now €3.71

Rebate for feed purchased during March paid this month