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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 the 'crisis' was brought on by governments
Dairy farmers are warning their future remains bleak if a decision to cut the price they're paid for milk isn't reversed. More than 500 farmers blockaded Robert Wiseman Dairies in Bridgwater last night. They're warning there are more protests to come. Carrie Garrad has this report.
Hundreds of angry dairy farmers across the South West blockaded the Robert Wiseman Dairy and a Morrisons Depot in Bridgwater last night. It was in protest over a 4 pence cut in milk prices in the last three months. They parked their tractors in front of the plant, preventing deliveries.
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."
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."
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.
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 are warning that a blockade at Robert Wiseman Dairy in Bridgwater by hundreds of farmers could be the 'first of many'. They are still there tonight preventing deliveries in protest at the company's decision to cut the amount it gives them for milk.
It's dropped the price it pays by four pence in the last three months. Our reporter Jeff Welch has been there for us.
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.
There are five protests going on across the country tonight.
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.
Robert Wiseman Dairy lorries are unable to make their deliveries tonight after farmers blockaded its Bridgwater site. Hundreds of farmers remain parked up outside the milk processing plant tonight in a protest over milk cuts.