Milk price levels a ‘good news story’

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Sinn Féin East Derry Agriculture spokesperson councillor Brenda Chivers has welcomed news that milk prices have recovered to October 2011 levels.

Colr. Chivers said: “Since October 2011 farmers have been struggling to get a fair price for their milk with it falling to a level which was equivalent to the cost of production. Coupled with the rising price of feed and the terrible weather we had all summer dairy farmers were beginning to look into the abyss. Although the price for milk was on the increase over the past few months these were small and not impacting on the profitability for farmers.

“News that this week’s auction price has recovered to pre October 2011 levels is a good news story for dairy farmers.

Dairy farms make a huge contribution to the Agri food sector here in the North.”

Colr Chivers added her party colleague, Martina Anderson MEP will be working in Europe “in trying to bring some semblance of continuity of price for milk so that dairy farmers can rely more on production as a gauge to income rather than having to face the continual uncertainty of market fluctuations”.