Changing the payment system for milk in NI to milk solids, as opposed to milk yield, is about giving farmers the right signals, and growing the value of the overall milk pool, ultimately to the benefit of everyone, speakers at last week’s Irish Farmers Journal/Ulster Farmers’ Union dairy conference confirmed.

Highlighting how and why the system changed in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), Dr Laurence Shalloo from Teagasc, showed that a move to a payment based on A+B-C in the mid to late 2000s in the RoI has encouraged farmers there to produce higher quality milk.