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
The government has agreed a voluntary code of practice between dairy farmers and milk processors.
One of Britain’s leading retailers says it is increasing the premium it pays farmers for their milk.
Some farmers are being paid less for a litre of milk than what it costs to produce it.