Tough times for dairy farm­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

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.

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