There was a good turn out at last Monday’s ICMSA county executive meeting in Ballylanders. Local farmers were well represented with neighbouring producers from across the border in Cork also attending.

Not surprisingly, the price of milk, was the main item on the agenda with the consensus being this situation could be improved by creating new markets and opening up markets currently closed, ie, Russia.

The top table consisted of: Pat McCormack (deputy president), Gerald Quain (national dairy chairman), Thomas Blackburne (county chairman), John Blackwell (county secretary) and Robert O’Mahony (area development officer) – all made telling contributions during the course of the evening.

The aforementioned stated clearly that the ICMSA would be making milk price a General Election issue – the present situation they maintain is threatening the viability of family farms and putting thousands of jobs at risk.