Dairy farmers issue fresh call for better treatment from big processing dairies
Cash-strapped dairy farmers are calling again for better treatment from big processing dairies.
In the summer they were in open revolt over the poor payments they received from the dairies, and a high-profile campaign, including picketing outside big factories, prevented further threatened cuts in payments.
Now they have called for greater transparency on payments and pricing policy from the processors’ milk buyers – and for more to be done to help the dairy industry.
The Dairy Coalition, the industry group that emerged from the July protests, says there is a lack of transparency about where money goes and who gets what from the market.
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Speaking after the meeting David Handley, chairman of the group Farmers for Action, said: “Farmers are barely 0.5p per litre better off than six months ago, yet their costs of production have risen by at least 2ppl.”
Mansel Raymond, National Farmers’ Union dairy board chairman, said: “As a coalition we’ll be closely monitoring dairy markets in the coming weeks. We need to know we are getting our fair share.”