Dairygold to meet concerned farmers

Dairygold executives are tonight meeting members of the Concerned Farmers Action Group to discuss their concerns with the new Milk Supply Agreement.

Dairygold chairman Bertie O’Leary said he hopes this meeting can help resolve the issues which saw more than 1,000 people attend a meeting in Mallow last Wednesday.

“I am meeting with Eugene Sheehan and others to discuss the agreement on Thursday evening,” said Mr O’Leary. “Like everybody else, I want to see this resolved.”

Some farmers have asked Dairygold for a simpler document, but Mr O’Leary says a “one-pager” is not the answer. “People are saying the contract is too legalistic and that they’d rather something in plainer English, but it boils down to the same thing no matter what way it’s worded,” he said.

“I had suggested it should be plainer, but when you seek legal advice, you take it. Some people want the contract to be replaced by a ‘one-pager’. That is not going to happen. We have 1,000 farmers who signed up to the contract, and there is no way to write it that will keep everyone happy.”

Eugene Sheehan, one of the leaders of the Concerned Farmers Action Group, said he’d prefer if Conor O’Leary was invited to tonight’s meeting with Bertie O’Leary and vice-chairman Pat Lynch, but remains hopeful that some progress can be made.

Mr Sheehan said: “We are meeting with Dairygold for discussions, and hopefully we can move the talks along, but it will need to work for everyone involved.”

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