Minister Simon Coveney has announced that the total volume of milk supplies up to the end of February 2015, taking into account the relevant butterfat adjustment, leaves Ireland 5.07% over-quota.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is offering one-to-one assistance in the next week to young farmers and new entrants who may be experiencing difficulty in completing and submitting online applications under the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme.
The 2015 National Reserve scheme has been expanded to accommodate a number of Irish farmers who had not previously benefitted from the Young Farmers Installation Scheme.
IFA President Eddie Downey has said the Irish Government must take a strong role and defend the interests of agriculture in the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association has welcomed the announcement of the expansion of the National Reserve scheme, to include 'old young farmers' but warns of further young farmer anomalies.