The NFU says there were 19,000 dairy farms in England and Wales a decade ago. There are now 10,670 producers. 1,232 of those are based in the Midlands. The farming union is calling for urgent action to be taken over the cost of milk, to ensure farmers are paid more and can survive in the future.
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.
The NFU says dairy farmers are still not being paid enough money for their milk. The union says the high cost of feed for cows is causing major problems in the industry at the moment, combined with the negative effects of the bad weather. There are now 8330 fewer dairy farms than 10 years ago.
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.
There is a warning for farmers and rural landowners to review their security arrangements in a bid to reduce thefts of equipment and vehicles from farms in the region.
The CLA is advising farmers and landowners to take simple steps to protect themselves and their property such as not leaving tools lying around, ensuring keys are removed from vehicles and that sheds and other outbuildings are properly secured.
Rural residents off the mains gas supply grid, who rely on heating oil are also being urged to protect their supplies by install locks on tank filler/vent caps and checking tank levels on a regular basis to ensure fuel is not being siphoned off.
This year's wheat harvest has been significantly reduced following a summer of persistent and at times torrential rain, sparking fears of food price rises. A survey of arable farmers by the National Farmers Union has found yields of wheat down 14.1% on the five-year average.
The organisation's annual harvest survey found that average yields for wheat had dropped from 7.8 to 6.7 tonnes per hectare. Not all crops have suffered the same with increased yields of Winter Barley and Oilseed Rape, though there was a fall in Spring Barley.