Carbery Group has launched the latest phase of its tree-planting project with the aim of planting a further 60,000 trees.
The west Cork-based international ingredients, flavours, and award-winning cheese producer has joined forces with long-time partners, SWS Forestry, and new partners, the Green Economy Foundation.
West Cork Trees Project has secured funding under the DAFM’s Rural Development Programme, using the (EIP) Scheme.
Each of the 1,200 Carbery suppliers will receive 50 trees for free via their local co-op.
Trees – which it will distribute in January 2022 – include oak, birch, whitethorn, blackthorn.
Offset carbon emissions
In March 2016, Carbery launched the initiative, which was “the first of its kind for Ireland’s dairy industry”.
The aim is to address climate change locally by offsetting carbon emissions.
Since the launch in 2016, suppliers have planted some 45,000 trees across west Cork.
As well as this, as part of the project, the group will host workshops on protecting and enhancing biodiversity on farms in 2022.
The launch took place on the farm of Carbery supplier John Hurley, Dunmanway.
Aoife Feeney joined Carbery vice-chairman Dermot O’Leary, farm sustainability lead with Carbery, James Hurley, Farmer and local IFA rep, Nikki Keeling from the Green Economy Foundation in Manch Estate, Emily Fitzgerald, and Mick Connelly from SWS and Green Party Councillor Dan Boyle, representing Minister Hackett, for the launch.
November 2021 milk price
Last week, Carbery Group announced its milk price for November 2021 supplies.
The group increased its milk price for the month in question by 1cpl.
In a statement on Friday, December 17th, 2021, a spokesperson said:
“If this decision is replicated across the four West Cork co-ops; Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird, this will result in an average price for November of 39.2cpl, inclusive of VAT and 0.5cpl Somatic Cell Count (SCC) bonus.”