In further protest news closer to home there were demonstrations in June from farmers outside the Kerry Group plant in Charleville about the recent cuts to the milk price. While the drop in milk price was understandable the protestors voiced their anger about the price gap between Kerry and Dairygold.
Dairygold’s May milk price was at 40c/l while Kerry dropped theirs to 37c/l. The protestors demanded an immediate reversal of the latest reduction to their price of 1c/l and called on Kerry to explain why there was such a significant gap between the two prices.
In a sign of the uncertain situation farmers find themselves currently in with rising costs to deal with the protestors claimed the price of 37c/l doesn’t even cover their costs. They also called on Kerry to review the pricing structure for farm inputs and fully engage with their suppliers’ concerns on why they are lagging behind some competitors on their price.