Individuals who held over three million litres of quota at the end of the 2004/05 quota year increased their quota holding by an average of 45.5% compared with just two years previously.
At the end of the 2004/2005 quota year, 175 individuals were registered as holding more than three million litres of quota. Almost 7,000 individuals held less than half a million litres each. The average rise in quota holding in this group was 3.9%.
The MDC says larger quota holders are likely to be receiving higher milk prices due to volume bonuses and are also likely to have lower costs.