November 2019 Newsletter

Milk Price, Lactose / Late Lactation Milk, Agri Workshop 2019, CalfCare Farm Event, CellCheck Milking for Quality Award 2018

28 November 2019

Milk Price

The milk price for the month of October is unchanged at 32.01 cents per litre (145.52 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%. This includes 1.0 cent per litre milk price support from the stability fund.

The average price paid for the month is 40.45 cents per litre. This is based on the average butterfat of 4.71% and protein of 3.93%, including SCC bonus and VAT.

Milk supply for the period January to October 2019 is 4.62% ahead of the same period last year.

Lactose / Late Lactation Milk

Lactose is a quality indicator of the process ability of late lactation milk (the lower the lactose the poorer the quality).

Lactose content is largely an indicator of cow milk yield; as yields decrease so does milk lactose content. Late lactation milk will be lower in lactose and this is often exacerbated by low nutrition. Milk that is high in SCC will also have lower lactose levels.

Guidelines to maintain Lactose >4.2%

  1. Dry off any low yielding cows.
  2. Dry off all high SCC cows - the long dry period will help cows recovery for next season.
  3. Maintain a good quality diet as energy intake and body condition are key.

Lactose penalties below:

On average of monthly result PENALTY
>4.2 % No Penalty
4.00 – 4.20 % 3 cent/litre
<4.0 % 6 cent/litre

Agri Workshop 2019

Agri Workshop 2019
The Society’s annual Agri Workshop was on Tuesday the 26th of November in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen. For more information please see this month’s management notes.

CalfCare Farm Event

CalfCare Farm Event

Carbery, in conjunction with Animal Health Ireland and Teagasc, are hosting a calf care farm walk on:

Monday 16th December 2019
Start time: 11.00AM
Shinagh Estates Dairy Farm
Shinagh, Bandon Eircode P72 X050


  1. Calf housing
  2. Achieving the highest standards of calf welfare
  3. Preparing calves for sale and attracting buyers
  4. Feeding calves efficiently without compromising on health or performance

All welcome to attend.

CellCheck Milking for Quality Award 2018

CellCheck Milking for Quality Award 2018

The CellCheck Milking for Quality awards is now in its 6th year. The award is given to the 500 milk suppliers nationally with the lowest weighted annual average SCC. This is based on SCC data collected by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and analysed by ICBF. Any supplier with at least 9 months SCC results are considered eligible.

Drinagh Co-Op are well represented and proud that 30 of our milk suppliers have qualified for the CellCheck Milking for Quality award based on 2018 results.

Each winner will receive a waterproof plaque (see picture) that is designed to be mounted on the wall of their dairy or milking parlour.

The 30 Drinagh CellCheck award winners are listed below in alphabetical order:

Aidan Hickey
Gurrane, Ballydehob
Brendan O'Driscoll
Shreelane, Leap
Dan & Catherine McCarthy
Lissane, Drimoleague
David Christopher Shannon
Brahalish, Durrus
Denis G O'Brien
Castledonovan, Drimoleague
Donal & Mary Hayes
Shountullig, Durrus
Finbarr McCarthy
Dooneen, Castletownshend
Jerry & Mary O'Neill
Rerahanagh, Drimoleague
John B Leonard
Reengaroga, Baltimore
John Cadogan
Church Cross, Skibbereen
John Hunt
Lissacha North, Schull
John O'Donovan
Madranna, Leap
John O'Mahony
Inchiclough, Bantry
John O'Regan
Kielbronogue, Schull
Kieran & Cathal O'Sullivan
Dunmanus, Goleen
Lawrence Hallihane
Lickowen, Castletownshend
Leonard Draper
Scart, Bantry
Martin Murphy
Cahirmounteen, Kealkil
Martin O'Brien
Rushnacahera, Kilcrohane
Michael Leahy
Gurranes, Caheragh
Michael O'Driscoll
Drishanebeg, Skibbereen
Michael Russell
Knockane, Drimoleague
Neil Collins
Drinagh East, Lisbealad
Neil Collins
Dromusta, Drimoleague
Noel O'Shea
Ballyally, Skibbereen
Richard Jennings
Keelinga, Leap
Sean Dineen
Bawnbue, Drimoleague
Tadhg O'Donovan
Ahaguila, Clonakilty
Timothy J McCarthy
Carbery View,
Dromusta, Drimoleage
William Wolfe
Knockawaddra, Lisbealad


Calf Care farm Event on in Shinagh Estates Dairy Farm Monday December 16th, 2019