More accurate figures on the national milk quota position are expected to be available by the end of this week.
With 99% of returns received from co-operatives in late April, the level of milk deliveries up to the end of March was estimated to be at 0.69% above quota, following estimated adjustments for the butter fat content and the leap year. Based on these estimates a national super levy fine in the region of €11m liability was expected.
Final figures are expected by late August, allowing co-operatives to notify each milk producer who has a super levy liability and request that it be paid to the Department of Agriculture by Oct 1, 2012.
To arrive at final figures, department officials will have to engage with co-ops and milk suppliers on milk quota transfers, dormancy allocations, allocations under the animal disease and hardship schemes, and the fleximilk distribution of any surplus quota that may be left in the national reserve.
The Department of Agricultue is obliged to make a payment of 99% of the full national levy to the European Commission before Nov 1, 2012.
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