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Farmers' blockade pays off

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

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 Westcountry

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'.

VIDEO: Hundreds of farmers create blockade in milk price row

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.

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