Coronavirus crisis ‘like a hard Brexit’ for the dairy industry

The covid-19 pandemic is “like a hard Brexit over a three week period” for the dairy industry.

That’s the outlook of the Director of Dairy Industry Ireland, Conor Mulvihill.

A new report by Dairy industry Ireland has found the price of milk could fall by up to 20 per cent this year and warns that the industry faces a huge disruption in demand across the globe.

Mr Mulvihill said that there is a lot of work being done to ensure all the milk is processed despite the lack of global demand due to the coronavirus restrictions.

However, he says a lot of support is needed to ensure the survival of dairy farmers.

Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound, Mr Mulvihill said the industry needs to be realistic about the challenges it faces: