Superlevy Dairy fine
Posted on: 16/06/2012
Irish dairy farmers will have to pay a super levy of €16.5m to the EU for producing too much milk last year.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said this evening that farmers exceeded the national quota by 1.05% in the year ending on 1 April.
The final calculation of the national position exceeds the earlier estimate by 0.36%, which is a little over one day's production, due mainly to a significantly higher level of butterfat content in milk, which was up 20%.
Individual farmers have already been notified of their provisional levy by their co-ops.
Factors such as good weather and growing conditions and continuing improvements in genetics can lead to improvements in butterfat content from year to year.
In quota year 2011/12, the increased use of once-a-day milking to mitigate super levy bills may have been an additional factor.
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