Dairy farms under threat

The NFU says dairy farmers still aren't being paid enough money for their milk, despite protests last year.

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Lincolnshire farmer needs 2p a litre more for milk to 'break even'

Michael Davenport, a dairy farmer based in Market Rasen, says he needs to be paid two pence a litre more for his milk 'to break even', or four pence a litre more to make a profit. Michael is one of many farmers who has diversified and now produces cheese at his farm to survive.

"There are four supermarkets who are paying cost of production plus. The others are continuing to just tell the milk processors what they're paying, and that's not acceptable. If they want their liquid milk they ought to be paying a fair price. The feed I have to buy in has gone up by thirty pounds a tonne."

– Michael Davenport - Lincolnshire Dairy Farmer

High running costs and low supermarket prices put dairy farmers under pressure

The NFU says dairy farmers still aren't being paid enough money for their milk, despite protests last year. The high cost of feed and shortage of straw are also thought to be having a knock on effect on farmers, as well as varying supermarket prices.

One farmer has told Calendar that only the really big farms and small family ones are making any money, and that many are desperately trying to cut costs.

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