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Irish milk output set to surge with end to EU caps

The country may have the most to gain from lifting of milk production quotas by European Union from April 1

Companies, farmers and the government have spent hundreds of millions of euros on more processing plants, equipment and cows in a bid to become the world's fastest-growing dairy producer.


IN the ground-floor lobby of Ireland's Agriculture Department in Dublin, a flat-screen TV displays a digital clock counting down the seconds until April 1. That's when the European Union (EU) removes production caps that limited dairy expansion across the continent for three