New permit system to increase pressure on dairy farmers


The dairy industry will come under increasing pressure from a raft of new regulations and restrictions aimed at limiting emissions from the sector.

Among the most significant revelations to emerge from last week’s industry talks is that the EU plans to introduce an environmental permitting scheme for beef and dairy farms with at least 100 head units, according to a draft document submitted to the Independent Farming.

The proposal is part of a major overhaul of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) under which intensive pig and poultry farms are already operating. It is being extended to the broader livestock sector for the first time.

It also emerged last week that new restrictions resulting from the EU’s decision to grant Ireland’s exemption request could mean different stocking rates in different areas of the country from 2024 onwards.

The new rules would mean that the allowable stocking rate would be reduced from 250 kg N to 220 kg N from 2024 if water quality is deemed vulnerable by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Meanwhile, Lakeland Dairies also learned last week that the Glanbia cooperative would follow with restrictions on peak milk supplies.

From 2023, “new” milk quantities delivered above a Base Peak Reference Volume in April, May and June will be remunerated at the respective monthly price less 4 cpl. The Base Peak Reference volumes for the program are the volumes delivered in April, May and June 2021.

That now means over 8,000 dairy farmers between the two processors will be working under peak milk restrictions from next year.

The developments come as a report from a high-level industry committee tasked with limiting emissions from the sector is due to be finalized next week. New permit system to increase pressure on dairy farmers

Fry Electronics Team

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