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.
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Hundreds of angry dairy farmers from across the South West are beginning to gather in Somerset tonight to join a blockade of the Robert Wiseman Dairy in Bridgwater. The company processes and delivers over 30% of the fresh milk consumed in Britain, every day.
The action is in protest at the dairy's decision to cut the amount it pays farmers for a litre of milk by almost 4 pence in the last 3 months. Farmers say they're now losing money on every litre of milk they produce.C
The Government has announced new help for dairy farmers as they battle to survive after cuts in the money they get from milk processors. The National Farmers' Union is warning the average farmer will lose around forty thousand pounds in income each year as a result.
Hundreds of farmers from the South West travelled to London to join a national lobby demanding more support. Among them was Mark Oliver who has a five hundred strong herd at Lan-hydrock near Bodmin. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
West Country farmers will be in Westminster today to join a summit meeting about falling milk prices.Read the full story ›
West Country farmers will be in Westminster today to join a summit meeting about falling milk prices.
It's been called by the National Farmers' Union, which says milk producers are being forced out of business as big dairy companies cut costs.
The NFU says it costs farmers 30p to produce a litre of milk. With the latest cuts, farmers will only be paid 24.73p a litre - a loss of over 5p per litre of milk.