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Tough times for West Cumbria's dairy farmers

A warning that the falling price of milk is making dairy farming in West Cumbria almost unsustainable.

The National Farmers Union is holding a meeting in Cockermouth this evening to discuss the current crisis. Some farmers are being paid five pence per litre less than they were three months ago. Katie Hunter reports:

Falling milk prices hit Cumbrian farmers

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen milk prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre. Credit: PA

Cumbrian farmers are meeting tonight (25th November) to discuss falling milk prices.

The National Farmers Union President Meurig Raymond will be at Cockermouth's Hundith Hill Hotel at 7.30pm.

Cumbria's isolated geography means there are fewer processors willing to pick up milk from more remote patches of the county, giving farmers few options.

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre.

NFU Cockermouth group secretary David Jones said: "All NFU members are welcome to attend this meeting and as well as the current dairy problems, we'll also be discussing the current turbulence in the beef and sheep markets."

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“With Nigel Miller continuing as President and Rob Livesey elected as Vice President, the NFUS’s new board of directors represents a strong voice for farming in the Borders and is good news for the area.

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