Kerry Co-Op refuse to enter discussions with farmers

Kerry Co-Op says they have no intention of entering further discussion with farmers on the cut to liquid milk prices. This statement comes on the day of further protests at The Dawn Dairies plant in Killarney. Speaking to Radio Kerry News Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs with Kerry Co Op said they had two years of discussions with farmers about the cuts and they were agreed in September.Mr. Hayes defended Kerry Co Op’s position saying Kerry`s record at offering leading milk prices to producers and manufacturers is second to none and that can be verified by all the bench marks in the industry. He also said these cuts are essential to maintain their future in an increasingly competitive market. Mr. Hayes did not comment on farmers threats to with-hold milk from Kerry Co-Op. Today liquid milk suppliers are protesting at Dawn Dairies in Killarney, this follows a number of protests in recent weeks including a national rally in tullamore Co Offaly on Monday.