Approximately 20% of dairy farmers in NI have applied to the EU-wide €150m voluntary milk reduction scheme.

Across 611 local farms, the estimated reduction in milk volume for October to December is 22m litres. With the scheme set to pay out 12p for every litre of reduced milk supply compared with the same period in 2015, the total amount of aid works out at approximately £2.6m or £4,300 per farm.