Glanbia opens €20 million extended credit scheme

Glanbia Co-operative Society is to make up to €20 million available in an extended credit scheme to assist milk suppliers overcome the severe drought now affecting the entire Glanbia region.

The Glanbia Co-op Extended Credit Scheme will support qualifying members by offering interest-free deferred payment terms for the purchase of dairy feed and fertiliser from Glanbia Ireland over the next nine weeks.

Glanbia chairman Martin Keane said that soil moisture deficits are now over 90mm in the majority of the Glanbia catchment area, with feed demand currently running at four to five times the rate of grass growth.

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“This is placing a severe strain on our dairy farmers, who are forced to spend heavily on supplementary inputs for their herds,” he said.

The full details and an application form for the Glanbia Co-op Extended Credit (EC) Scheme will be communicated to all eligible Glanbia Co-op members in the coming days.

The key terms of the scheme include:
  • Glanbia Co-op members that supply milk to Glanbia Ireland can apply to avail of interest-free deferred payment terms on qualifying purchases made from Glanbia Ireland;
  • The scheme will cover July 16 to September 15 purchases of: all dairy compound feeds and dairy coarse rations including eligible straights; and fertiliser products for grassland;
  • Purchases made under the scheme will be paid for by deduction from the supplier’s milk account in six equal instalments in July, August and September of 2019 and 2020;
  • No interest will be charged by Glanbia Ireland on the deferred payments;
  • Eligibility is confined to Glanbia Co-op members in the Republic of Ireland with a valid Milk Supply Agreement with Glanbia Ireland;
  • Qualifying members will be required to sign a payment instruction committing to the deferred payment for qualifying purchases under the scheme;
  • Participation in this scheme is subject to credit assessment and individual limits.

Keane continued: “Supporting our members is a key element of our co-op’s strategy.

“We believe that making interest-free extended credit available to milk supplier members for qualifying feed and fertiliser purchases for the next two months is appropriate given the scale of the current challenges.”

The chairman said that the inclusion of fertiliser in the scheme would ensure that Glanbia Co-op members could take full advantage when grass growth resumes, in order to replenish seriously depleted winter fodder reserves to the maximum extent possible.

The funding for this scheme is being provided to Glanbia Ireland by Glanbia Co-op. The scheme will be operated by Glanbia Ireland – co-op members interested in availing of the scheme should contact their local Glanbia Ireland representative.

Glanbia Advance Payment (GAP) Scheme

Meanwhile, Keane reminded Glanbia co-op milk supplier members that interest-free support funds are also available from the Glanbia Advance Payment (GAP) 2018 Milk Scheme, which provides interest-free cash flow support with drawdown and repayment linked to movements in milk price.

This means that a GAP advance of 1c/L is available to co-op members on April and May 2018 milk supply volumes.