Moving milk in this manner is illegal, the department has stated. With two months’ milk production still to come and the dairy sector likely to face a ‘super levy’ fine of more than €30m, the department is looking into any notable changes in an individual farmers’ milk outputs.
A Glanbia spokesperson stated: “Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL) is facilitating inquiries by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine into milk quota arrangements involving two of its milk suppliers pertaining to the current quota year which ends on 31 March.
“GIIL implements procedures for milk quota arrangements in line with Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine guidelines.
“Pending conclusion of the department’s inquiries, GIIL cannot comment further at this time.”
The Department of Agriculture confirmed that it is conducting an investigation with the help of Glanbia.
Other similar investigations will take place where there is any suggestion of a farmer breaking quota regulations.