Farmers' Milk Protest

Hundreds of farmers protesting this evening in Somerset over milk prices

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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


West Country MP applauds farmers demonstration

The MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset has applauded the decision by farmers to protest outside a milk processing plant last night. Ian Liddell-Grainger says they put on a 'magnificent' show of strength and sent a clear message to processors and retailers.

I am deeply embarrassed that my constituents have had to resort to these tactics because they can’t get any joy out of a Tory Farming Minister.

Of course I have every sympathy for people who have been caught up in this dispute, whether they are employees of Wiseman or consumers who haven’t been able to get milk today.

But, sadly there is no other option open to the farmers, given the pathetic response they have had from Jim Paice."

– Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset

Dairy farmers 'want their money back'

Hundreds of angry dairy farmers from across the South West blockaded the Robert Wiseman Dairy in Bridgwater last night. It was in a protest over a 4 pence cut in milk prices over the last three months.

Dairy farmers are unhappy with the price they are being paid for milk Credit: ITV West Country

They parked their tractors in front of the milk processing plant, preventing deliveries. Farmers For Action warn that it could be the 'first of many' blockades unless they get their 'money back'.

Farmers warn milk blockade is 'first of many'

Farmers are warning tonight that a blockade at Robert Wiseman Dairy by hundreds of farmers could be the 'first of many'. The chairman of Farmers For Action David Handley says farmers 'want their money back' and that there was no justification for the first price reduction.

Farmers are preventing Robert Wiseman from making milk deliveries Credit: ITV West Country

There are five protests going on across the country tonight.

Farmers have been blockading Robert Wiseman Dairy since early this evening Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Handley says if Robert Wiseman fails to reinstate farmers with the money they've lost since the cuts 'there will be no milk moving in the UK after August 1st'. That's the date the second two pence price cut comes into force, making the total cuts in the past three months four pence per litre.

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