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Farmers' blockade pays dividends

A blockade by farmers of the region's biggest milk processor has paid dividends today. The Co-op group says it's increasing the premium it pays on milk to farmers within its group, to 29 pence per litre. That will include Robert Wiseman Dairies.

Last night hundreds of farmers descended on its plant in Bridgwater to disrupt supplies, in protest at the firms recent price cuts. It has reduced what it pays farmers by almost 4 pence per litre in the last 3 months, blaming global markets. Jeff Welch reports

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Robert Wiseman Dairies Statement

We fully understand the strength of feeling amongst dairy producers and continue to engage with those with an interest in the dairy supply chain.

It is important to stress we are not in a position to fund a milk price at the level it was prior to the global collapse in the value of cream.

It is our hope that the market for liquid milk and bulk cream which is at the core of this issue will quickly find a balance which will allow us to return improved prices to farmers."

– Spokesman for Robert Wiseman Dairies
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