Some time ago I announced my intention to introduce a pilot scheme for the allocation of milk quota to certain qualified farm managers. I indicated that initially ten farm managers would be selected from eligible applicants and each would be allocated approximately 15,000 gallons for use under specific conditions.
Earlier in the current milk quota year, I amended the milk quota regulations to allow for the registration and operation of the owner/manager milk production partnerships to provide a proper legal basis for this initiative. The criteria and conditions governing the allocation of quota in these cases are currently being finalised and I would hope that this can be completed in the near future. I wish to make it clear that no individuals have been promised an allocation of milk under this initiative.