ICMSA expects processors to increase milk price on back of improved returns

Tipperary Star reporter


Tipperary Star reporter



ICMSA calls for 32cpl March milk price on back of co-op figures

Gerald Quain

Looking at the current dairy market situation, the chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee, Gerald Quain, has stated that the outlook continues to be positive and that milk suppliers will be expecting co-ops and processors to announce price rises that will pass back the improved returns manifest in the dairy markets over the last six weeks.

Mr Quain said that current spot prices were up almost two cent per litre for the standard Butter / SMP mixture over this six-week period with WMP powder up over 1 cent per litre.

He said that this increase is on the back of noted higher returns in the earlier part of 2017 which were not passed back to suppliers.

Mr Quain also noted that peak supplies in Europe are almost upon the point of going onto the market and there is still no sign that last year’s volumes will be reached so it is perfectly reasonable of farmers’ to expect the current milk price to increase further based on the market situation.