Increasing numbers of Irish farmers are getting out of milk production because the quotas they have do not provide a sustainable income, according to dairy group Glanbia.
In the past four years, the group has lost more than 1,000 suppliers, and the exodus is set to continue as farmers with small quotas sell up. Glanbia expects to lose 2,000 of its 5,000 producers in the next three years. According to a recent survey, farmers would need to produce 450,000 litres to be competitive and successful. But Glanbia’s suppliers only have an average quota of 270,000 litres.
John Moloney, Glanbia chief executive, said: “There is a basis for a dairy industry, but we’re in a quota regime and people have to scale up in order to survive.”