The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has published Ireland’s national quota position, based on final annual returns from co-ops.
With all returns received, the overall level of milk deliveries for the Milk Quota year 2011/2012 has been calculated at 1.05% above quota,
The final calculation of the National position exceeds the earlier estimate by 0.36% due mainly to a significantly higher level of butterfat content in milk this year over previous years. The Butterfat adjustment is calculated by applying a standard formula to the variance between actual butterfat content in a given year and a representative content for each Member State provided for in the EU Quota regulations. In quota year 2011/12, this National butterfat adjustment factor was 20% higher than in the previous year. (In 2010/11, the butterfat factor was just 3.5% higher than in the previous year.)
Factors such as good weather and growing conditions and continuing improvements in genetics can lead to improvements in butterfat content from year to year. In quota year 2011/12, the increased use of ‘once a day milking’ to mitigate super levy bills may have been an additional factor.
Based on these calculations, the final super levy bill is expected to be in the region of €16.5m.