Dairy farmers urged to attend public meeting

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Councillor Patrick Clarke is encouraging local dairy farmers affected by the recent fall in milk prices to attend a public meeting in the Millbrook Hotel, Ballynahinch on Thursday 26th February 8pm.

DARD and five of the main banks in Northern Ireland are hosting a series of public meetings offering advice to dairy farmers.

Councillor Patrick Clarke stated: “The recent fall in milk prices has had a major impact on dairy farmers and I am pleased that DARD is now to host a series of public meetings across Northern Ireland and in Ballynahinch to give help and support to the dairy industry.

“The meetings entitled ‘Finance on Dairy Farms’, will provide the opportunity to discuss a range of areas including herd management and farm cash flow as a result of low milk prices.

“The events have been jointly organised between the main agricultural banks and DARD.

“The focus of the meeting in the Millbrook Hotel in Ballynahinch on Thursday 26th February at 8pm will be on practical ways to deal with current cash flow concerns as well as regaining feed efficiency, herd fertility, cost control, debt management and efficient farm business performance in 2015,” Cllr Clarke added.