Certify herds or face milk rejection
UP TO 800 dairy farmers may be facing rejection of their milk supply in 2018 for failing to supply quality assurance certification for their herds to the processors.
Farmers who have not yet applied for audit despite a deadline of the end of 2017 are now facing penalties and ultimately rejection of milk supplies from their herds.
An update on SDAS from Bord Bia shows that 15,643 suppliers have been fully certified, representing 87.9pc of all suppliers.
A further 1,100 suppliers are in the process of being audited and 240 have applied to the scheme.