Farmer's shouldn't have to bear the cost of retailers cutting milk prices.

That's the view of Independent TD, Michael Fitzmaurice.

Currently, a farmer gets roughly 40 cent per litre of milk that retails at an average of 1 euro and 5 cent in a shop.

Major retailers have already announced price cuts for milk on their shelves while Tesco and Aldi today have announced they are to cut the retail price of own brand butter from tomorrow.

In recent times, the price of animal feed, fertilizer, equipment and labour have all increased and the IFA says dairy farmers fear supermarkets are on the brink of a full-scale milk price war.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says for many dairy farmers, the drop in the price they receive for milk will see them struggle financially and many will leave the industry.

He has been speaking to Midwest Radio's Alannah Nolan....


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