Dairy farmers to discuss Glanbia
OPPONENTS of the sale of the Wexford Creamery plant at Rocklands to agri giant Glanbia will have the chance to vent their anger at a special meeting of Wexford Milk Producers on Thursday, February 13.
The meeting of dairy farmers will discuss motions of confidence and no confidence in the leadership, which backed the €20m Glanbia deal. The 'No' lobby claims a better price could have been obtained.
It has also highlighted reports suggesting that Glanbia is poised to offer its existing suppliers a more favourable milk purchase deal than the arrangements offered to the WMP producers.
However, the other side is adamant that the deal has now gone through and only awaits approval from the competition authority.
Advisor to the 'No' side Richie Rea described the 15-year contracts signed by many Wexford farmers in recent years as penal and reminiscent of the old Soviet regime. It is expected that existing suppliers will soon be tied down for no more than five years.
In the mean time, Strathroy Dairies is believed to have signed up at least 30 of the farmers whose milk used to go to the factory in Rocklands. And Lakelands has also placed adverts looking to sign up Wexford producers.