Debate on milk pricing needed, says UFU

Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

The Ulster Farmers’ Union dairy chairman William Irvine says that it is time for an open and frank debate about milk pricing in Northern Ireland.  “Price volatility is an everyday reality for farmers. We want to see a milk pricing system that is transparent and fair, that accounts for modern day realities.”

The UFU has partnered with the Irish Farmers Journal to host a free conference on 12th October, at the Seagoe Hotel for farmers, processors, and other industry stakeholders aimed at sparking debate around this crucial issue. Mr Irvine says, “There is no ‘quick fix’ but the conference is a starting point and a chance for open discussion. Ultimately, farmers want to see a pricing system that supports efficiency and profitability for both producers and processors. I think many will agree, fair and transparent pricing is critical for the long term sustainability of the dairy industry.”

Mr Irvine says, “For too long dairy farmers have not received the market value of the specific milk solids they produce. The debate needs to start as to how this could change and one such area of focus could be constituent pricing.”

The event is free but booking is essential for catering purposes. Click here to book your place or if you need assistance contact Angela in the UFU head office on 02890 370 222.