Tough times for dairy farmers
With dairy farmers across the country under severe financial pressure from low prices, the NFU is urging all milk processors to be open and honest with suppliers about their plans to get through the next year.
The call comes with UK milk supply continuing to be far ahead of levels in early 2015, global demand remaining sluggish and the industry about to enter peak production time during the ‘spring flush’.
NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison said: “It’s a simple message to all processors – dairy farmers need plenty of notice of any changes that are being considered so they can put in place a strategy for their business.
“We want to see processors managing the spring peak sensibly and importantly in consultation with their suppliers.
“Short-sighted, quick decisions that threaten to drive hundreds of farmers out of business won’t help the supply chain in the medium term. Farmers need clear market signals to come from their processors so they can plan their production.”
He is urging all processors to talk to their suppliers and discuss the options available for both parties.