Chief executive of Carbery in west Cork, Jason Hawkins, took to the airwaves to address Drinagh milk suppliers. The Carbery boss was upbeat on milk prices and, while not mentioning any specific numbers, he said the outlook for milk prices was stable to positive with supply and demand in sync.

He highlighted the fact that vaccine rollout and expected recovery in foodservice sector were important factors in determining what type of a year 2021 would turn out to be on milk prices.

Reviewing 2020, he said while there were concerns in March 2020 the sector and dairy markets had remained very resilient in 2020.

Jack Nolan from the Department of Agriculture discussed issues with nutrient usage and his leaving comments to those listening were to:

(1) Increase slurry storage.

(2) Reduce artificial nitrogen usage.

(3) Look after your own health.

Drinagh Co-op took the zoom road for its spring dairy seminar on Tuesday night.

It’s hard enough to get good phone reception in parts of Cork and sure enough there were issues on connectivity for some of the speakers.

Drinagh Co-op is the biggest of the west Cork co-op and processes about 200m litres of milk each year with the majority of suppliers down around Skibbereen, Drinagh and Drimoleague. Seamus Daly is the Drinagh chief executive.

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