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Farmers get price increase for milk

From October 1st, Dairy farmers supplying The Co-operative Dairy will now get 30p a litre for their milk.

“We are in continuous dialogue with our farmers and keep our payments under constant review. We are making this move in recognition of the increasing input costs as we approach the autumn period, in particular animal feed prices, and the poor silage crop as a result of the unprecedented wet summer weather."

– Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, The Co-operative Food

Dairy farmers supplying to Robert Wiseman Dairies and Müller Dairy will also be getting an increase.

“Müller is ambitious to grow and to play a major role in UK dairy. This presents real opportunities for dairy farmers who currently supply the Group.

“Whilst this has been an extremely challenging period for the dairy supply chain we believe that a platform now exists from which the industry can begin to look forward. We are confident for the future and we look forward to working with our suppliers to realise our shared aspirations.”

– Pete Nicholson, Wiseman’s Milk Procurement Director

Dairy farmers to meet supermarket bosses over milk price row

Dairy farmers are angry about what they're getting paid for the milk they produce Credit: ITV Central News

Dairy farmers are due to meet with Farmfoods today as part of the on-going row over milk prices.

It follows a protest this weekend in Cannock in Staffordshire where farmers sat in a bath of milk in a supermarket car park.

Further demonstrations are planned.

Farmers' protest in Cannock in Staffordshire Credit: ITV Central News

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Protest backing dairy farmers is underway in Staffordshire

Protesters campaigning for sustainable milk prices Credit: ITV Central

A protest is taking place in Staffordshire today as part of a campaign that hopes to discuss the delivery of sustainable milk prices for dairy farmers.

The protest is being held by milk producers who believe they're not being paid a fair price for milk by some supermarkets, which have made cuts of up to 2p a litre.

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Dairy protest taking place in Staffordshire

A protest is taking place in Staffordshire today as part of a campaign that hopes to discuss the delivery of sustainable milk prices for dairy farmers.

The protest, which is being held at Aston Pool farm in Stone, is being held by dairy farmers because they say they're not being paid a fair price for milk by some supermarkets, which have made cuts of up to 2p a litre. Farmers fear the shortfall could force them out of business.

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NFU President says farmers need to discuss next steps on milk price cuts

NFU president Peter Kendall thanked those who have supported the change in milk price cuts.

In a statement he said he was "immensely proud" but that this u-turn from the milk processors could not be a "short-term fix."

“This will bring some relief to dairy farmers who supply liquid milk to Arla, First Milk, Dairy Crest and Wiseman/Müller. But we will continue working hard behind the scenes to ensure these first steps turn into a longer-term, sustainable milk price for all dairy farmers. This can’t be a short-term fix.

“I am conscious that the milk price cuts from June are still in place but rest assured we will continue in talks with the processors to work towards returning that lost money. We will meet to discuss next steps.

“I thank everyone farmers, members of the coalition, and shoppers for their support.”

– Peter Kendall, NFU President
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