Farmers in the westcountry who supply milk to Tesco are to get a pay rise of just over 2p a litre from next month. It follows a summer of protests over planned price cuts which saw a series of blockades at dairy processors including Robert Wiseman near Bridgwater.
Morrisons and the Co-Op hiked their prices following the demonstrations. Tesco says the new price of up to 31.58p per litre follows a regular review and is not connected to the protests.
A second protest will be held in Somerset tonight over the continuing row about milk prices. Around 300 people took part in a blockade last Thursday at Robert Wiseman in Bridgwater. Since then the supermarket chains Co-Op and Morrisons have agreed to raise the amount they pay.
Two dairy farmers from Dorchester are defying convention by milking their herd of 500 cows in the field in a mobile milking parlour. The cows and and parlour move around the 900 acres of rented pasture.