Glanbia Ireland has notified its suppliers of a gradual transition to milk constituent pricing, in a move welcomed by the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU).
Constituent pricing involves the value-related grading of milk on the basis of component quality such as butterfat and protein. Early pricing forecasts by UFU indicate its implementation could significantly benefit the NI milk pool.
“The news that Glanbia Ireland are planning to move towards constituent milk pricing is a significant breakthrough in addressing how milk is priced in Northern Ireland, as well as moving towards having a more accurate milk price that reflects the quantity and value of the dairy products being produced,” said David Brown, deputy president, UFU.
“For constituent milk pricing to work in NI, there needs to be an open discussion with all parties regarding the impact it will have on farm businesses. The move by Glanbia Ireland comes at a crucial time for our dairy sector. It could boost the competitiveness of our sector as we utilise new trade opportunities and face new challenges in this post Brexit era.
“We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to consider what constituent pricing could mean for the NI milk pool.”