Police called after live cows taken into Asda superstore

Police have been called to a supermarket in Stafford after dairy farmers protesting over the price they are paid for their milk took live cows into a superstore.

The National Farmers Union say the supermarkets don't have a sustainable model for what they charge the consumer for the milk, or what the farmers actually get back.

Two cows were taken into the Asda store in Stafford this lunchtime. Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Around a dozen protesters took the two heifers into Asda in Stafford this lunchtime.

At the time Staffordshire Police said:

Police say they removed the protesters from the supermarket 'peacefully' Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

After being moved on from the Stafford store the campaigners attempted to take the cows to another Asda outlet in Stoke-on-Trent, but police prevented them from getting on site.

After the protests Asda issued the following statement: