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BREAKING: Farmers protesting over milk prices

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

Westcountry farmers fear they'll go out of business

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.

Falling milk prices forcing farmers to close

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.

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Milk producers forced out of business by dairy cuts

Farmers in the region are going to Westminster 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.

A summit meeting is being held in Westminster on falling milk prices. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The meeting will hear from farming minister Jim Paice, who admitted yesterday that he didn't know the price of a pint.

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