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UK farmers call for government action in face of further price cuts

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Staff writer ▼ | March 3, 2016
The NFU has called for action from the EU and British government in light of further cuts for dairy farmers.
Rob Harrison
Britain   To ease the burden on farmers
On Wednesday, NFU dairy board chair Rob Harrison said the next few months will be extremely tough and called on the industry to stand together and on the government to act to ease farmers’ burden.

Harrison, who will step down at the end of the month, made his appeal in response to news of fresh price cuts, from First Milk, who announced a cut to members supplying their creamery pools, Muller, who announced a 1.35ppl cut to their suppliers, and Arla.

The Danish cooperative has given its direct suppliers 12 months’ notice on their contract as they’re struggling to find a market for milk.

Mr Harrison said, "I won’t lie – it’s really difficult out there for many dairy farmers and I honestly don’t see the situation changing in the short-term. The market remains extremely tough and buyers are concerned with the impact of the forthcoming Spring Flush. But AHDB Dairy figures show daily deliveries are coming back in line with February 2015 levels."

He continued, "We need more milk buyers to show responsibility in trying to match supply and demand – and this needs to be done alongside farmer suppliers.

"We desperately need help from the government and the EU who must both do more to ensure a sustainable future for the dairy sector and help make tools available for farmers to manage volatility."

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