John Kenna, Butcher, No 1 Friary Street, Kilkenny. Why are they so anxious to do this that’s what I would like to know. I think that this latest move will actually give farmers less control than they have now and why are the PLc so anxious to get rid of the dairying side of things
Jim Delehanty, Gowran: It’s good for farmers and will help stabilise the price of milk by giving them control of the price. It would be good to have farmers in control of their own destiny
Ned Byrne, Castlewarren. I have an issue with Glanbia since they closed Muckalee depot and forced us to go to Castlecomer. II have been going to Connolly’s of Goresbridge for my feed since the closure. I wouldn’t know if it’s a good or a bad deal for farmers until I have read through the material they sent in the post but I suppose it would be good of farmers were in control of it.
Pat Quirke, Ballyfoyle: Farmers should not put their money or the co-op money into the joint venture unless there is an increase in the milk price.
Ned O’Neill, Kilmacow: I voted against the last proposal but I’ll read the letter they sent first before making up my mind. I’ll have to think about it.
John Byrne, Coon - I’d say it would be good for farmers as they have abetter understanding of the business than those that are presently running it.
James Hennessy, former county chairman of the ICMSA: I don’t have all the details yet so I’ll wait but the last deal they tried to push through was not a good deal for farmers. I think that Glanbia will have to review their plans because farmers who said they were going to expand might have changed their minds and so there might not be that big pool of milk that they think is there. I certainly wasn’t consulted about this deal and wasn’t told anything about it beforehand. They will have to come to me and other farmers and get our opinions before voting on it. The weather will dictate a lot and whether ort not people can produce more milk and that’s not written into the plan I s it?