There were fireworks in west Cork after suppliers to Lisavaird and Barryroe learned about the spare milk quota made available by Lee Strand, but then acquired by only to a small number of in-the-know members.

Lisavaird chair Donal Tobin and his chief executive Pat Moriarty found themselves in the uncomfortable position of being summoned at short notice to a meeting of upset suppliers in the local hall at Ballinascarty last Monday night. Worse, Tobin had to then admit that he was one of seven farmers who took some of the quota – in his case 20,000 litres. A number of other board members are also reported to have taken some.