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Dairy farmers call for a fair price for milk

Local farmers gathering at Whitehall this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

Dairy farmers from the South have joined others at Whitehall in London to protest against milk prices.

Average milk prices for many dairy farmers are currently below 25p per litre,

even though their production costs are running at more than 30p per litre.

Farmers who have direct contracts with some supermarkets are paid on the basis

of production costs, and it is hoped a voluntary code could be worked out with Ministers which

sees all dairy producers paid according to a formula which takes costs into


Farmers say price of milk is ruining them

Farmers from the south are staging a mass demonstration in London tomorrow - and threatening to with hold milk supplies. They've been hit by the 'triple whammy' - supermarket price wars - low bulk prices and increased production costs.

One farmer says it now makes more sense to pour his milk down the drain than to sell it for zero profit. Click below for David Johns full report