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Protest backing dairy farmers is underway in Staffordshire

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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

by 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, 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

Wiseman Dairies withdraw from planned milk price cuts

Robert Wiseman Dairies is the last dairy processor to withdraw from planned milk price cuts on 1st August.

In a statement on their website today they confirmed that they will hold the milk price for Wiseman Milk Group members.

It follows the decision made by processors Dairy Crest, Arla and First Milk yesterday to withdraw on price cuts.

"We have confidence that we can work with our customers and farmers to address the obvious challenges that exist."

– Robert Wiseman Dairies website
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