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Minister Coughlan amends Milk Quota Regulations to facilitate Family Transfers and Partnerships

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., has signed new Regulations, entitled the European Communities (Milk Quota) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, which will further facilitate the transfer of milk quota within families and improve the attractiveness of Milk Production Partnerships for active dairy farmers.

Family Transfers

In 2005 the Minister introduced a change to the Regulations that allowed the transfer of an entire quota to one qualifying family member, without the transfer of land, subject to certain conditions. From 1st April 2006 this will be further relaxed to enable the quota to transfer to more than one qualifying relative, provided they are each already active dairy producers. In addition, the 48-kilometre restriction which applied in 2005 will be removed in respect of such family transactions.

Partnerships

The Minister also announced that the upper income limit applying in Partnerships will be increased from the 2006/2007 quota year. In New Entrant/ Parent partnership the limits will increase from €24,000 to €30,000 for the new entrant and from €27,000 to €35,000 for the parent. In standard partnerships, the limit will increase from €27,000 to €35,000.

The Minister said these changes underlined the special regard she had for the place of the family farm in our farming structure but that we had to take steps towards greater efficiency and consolidation of milk production to protect that system.

13 April, 2006

Date Released: 13 April 2006