Worry and anger is building with many dairy farmers in relation to the reported actions of the Department of Agriculture on how banding is going to work under the new Nitrates Action Plan, according to Mayo IFA dairy chairman Padraic Joyce.
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Worry among dairy farmers over banding rules - Mayo IFA
Mayo IFA dairy chairman Padraic Joyce.

“The IFA have received numerous calls since an article was published in a national media outlet stating that the department plan on putting all dairy farmers in the higher 106 kgs per cow nitrogen bracket from January 1, 2023,” he explained.

“It appears this is as a result of the department not being able to access farmer data.

“Surely this is an issue the department knew about much earlier and why have they not engaged in finding a solution before this.”

Said Mr. Joyce: “It’s simply not good enough the way farmers are being treated with all the new rules which are being imposed under this new Nitrates Action Plan.

The communication has been close to non-existent and farmers are left wondering is the department making it up as they go along.”

The dairy spokesman said IFA have called on the minister to meet with them immediately on this issue.

“It’s unbelievable to have this uncertainty only two months before the proposed banding rules are due to come into force and the stress it’s causing farmers is totally unacceptable.”


Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, raised its earnings forecast for the second time in three months after a strong first quarter driven by demand for protein products.

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