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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.

Dairy farmers take live cows into Stafford supermarket to campaign over milk prices. Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

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:

At around 12.30pm on Sunday 9 August we received a report of a small number of farmers with cows carrying out a protests at Asda in Stafford.

Officers are in attendance to ensure that the protest remains peaceful and minimal disruption is caused to the general public.

– Staffordshire Police spokesperson
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:

Our milk is supplied by the Arla farmer cooperative. The Arla dairy cooperative is owned by farmers. We moved to this model after guidance from those who were supplying us and means the price received by our farmers is set by their own cooperative business.

They receive an on-account payment for their milk and take an equal share of any remaining profit. There is no link between retail prices and farmgate price.

– Asda spokesperson

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