Time to Stop Gambling with Dairy Industry; Farmers in Demand for Fair Profit

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Time to Stop Gambling with Dairy Industry; Farmers in Demand for Fair Profit


Byline: OWEN HUGHES

FARMING leaders from across the dairy industry have issued a call on retailers and the food service sector to take steps to secure the future of British supply.

The call comes as many dairy farmers are once again being paid less for their milk than it costs to produce it.

In a letter to all the major retailers, discounters and major food service players the NFU, Farmers'' Union of Wales, Farmers for Action, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, Dairy Farmers of Scotland, and the NFUS have called for action to increase confidence among dairy farmers.

The industry-wide group says that everyone in the milk supply chain needs to make a fair profit and calls for retailers to stop gambling with security of milk supply. The letter asks for three commitments from the industry's biggest customers:. Commitment to sourcing British dairy products.

. Transparent and stable pricing mechanisms for liquid milk and cheese suppliers that offer producers a sustainable milk price.

. Promotion of the Red Tractor on all own label, British dairy products.

The letter states: "Our message is very simple. If you want to guarantee a supply of quality British milk, cheese and dairy products you must take steps to secure it."

FUW Vice-president Eifion Huws said: "The fact that our respective organisations have come together and issued this stark warning demonstrates the seriousness of the situation.

"We all know of the devastating consequences that have resulted from short-sighted decisions in the financial industry. …

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