Irish Butter Mountain To Feed Calves - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Irish Butter Mountain To Feed Calves

Published October 9, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Around 32 tonnes of Irish butter imported into Iceland last Christmas in the wake of a possible butter shortage will be turned into calf fodder, reports Vísir.

In all 90 tonnes of butter were imported into Iceland and kept in a refrigerated container.

Around 60 tonnes of the imported Irish butter was used to make cheese last year, after a spike in cream and butter sales in the run up to Christmas.

As it stands, one pack of spreadable butter from MS Iceland Dairies is 400 grams and with 80.000 families the Irish butter mountain could easily provide butter for each home.

The butter mountain however, will not go to waste but nourish calves.

“This butter’s too old to use for domestic food production now,” said Egill Sigurðsson, CEO of Mjólkursamsalan (MS Iceland Dairies). “So we have to act in the coming months and we plan to incorporate it into calf fodder, bringing our tale of the Irish butter mountain to a close.”

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