09th February 2017
All suppliers in the Bulk Milk Disease Screening Programme are welcome to attend an information meeting with Shane McElroy (Vet) on Thursday evening next 19th at 8 .00 pm in the board at our Thurles Head office .
You can bring your reports for the year to discuss with Shane if you wish.
1 week only
Monday 19th October
Saturday 24th October
Milk Account or Cash Sale only
You are invited to attend a milk quality seminar to be held in Thurles on Thursday next 15th October.
For convenience there will be two meetings held, the first one will commence in the afternoon at 2.00 pm with the second in the evening at 8.00 pm.
The main focus of the seminar will be the maintenance and improvement of milk quality in late lactation.
There will also be a speaker discussing the topic of autumn /winter dairy cow nutrition and a presentation (in the afternoon meeting only) on the Carbery Greener Farms Project currently being conducted in West Cork. (This ongoing project in West Cork deals with how new farm technologies can be used to improve both farm and environmental sustainability.)
A representative from ZEN Renewables will give a brief presentation on the use of Solar and PV panels on Dairy farms to reduce energy costs.
The venue is the Board Room at our Head Office in Thurles.
Speakers will include;
Don Crowley: Teagasc National Milk Quality Advisor.
Dr Eimear Ruane: Co ordinator of the Carbery Greener Farms Project.
Des Cronin: Senior Nutritionalist with Inform Nutrition, Whitescross Cork.
We encourage all suppliers to attend as a lot of valuable information will be presented at the meetings.
The Committee of Management last month approved the investment of €1m in our feed mill. This investment is a strong vote of confidence in the ability of our mill to meet customer expectations of a high quality, well presented, locally produced feed with the maximum inclusion of native cereals. We are looking to increase our capacity to manufacture 60,000 tonnes of feed with relative ease as we anticipate additional demand, particularly for dairy feed now that the milk quota era has passed. This investment programme will be on a phased basis and is due for completion by the end of 2017. Our focus is on increased automation, the provision of additional storage facilities particularly for molasses and minerals, dust extraction and vacuum equipment and a replacement programme for conveyors and elevators. This investment should lead to more efficient production and better service to customers.
A Teagasc dairy farm walk will take place on the farm of Edward, Ann and Thomas Dwan, Bohernamona, Thurles on Thursday 23rd April at 2pm. The event is organised by Teagasc and is part of National Dairy Week (18th – 25th April 2015) organised by the National Dairy Council.
The farm walk will address the following topics:
All are welcome to attend
A further review has just been completed on the likely internal-flexi milk available to Milk Suppliers for the current quota year 2014/2015. It should be again noted that allocations of national flexi-milk are likely to be extremely limited and should not be relied upon.
Unfortunately since our last update, our super-levy situation has deteriorated with supplies up 7% in February and rising also for March. The absence of previously predicted price falls and proposals in the pipeline to spread the levy over a number of years seem to be the main contributing factors to a worsening situation. Therefore our best estimate based on projected availability of flexi-milk to date is that:
Category 1 suppliers (i.e. those who supply less than 350,000 litres) may receive 11,000 litres of internal flexi-milk. This is a reduction from 14,000 litres previously projected.
Category 2 suppliers may receive 7,500 litres of internal flexi-milk (unchanged from previous projection).
We will manage milk collection to the best of our ability at the end of March/early April taking account of milk quality and resource issues to try to minimise suppliers’ exposure to super-levy.
Centenary Agri are pleased to offer growers a minimum price contract of €185 per ton (including bonuses) at 20% moisture. Transport is paid on top of this price.
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