Thousands of litres of milk thrown away following coronavirus

A dairy farmer from Leicestershire has had to throw away 9,000 litres of milk in one day because he says demand has declined rapidly following the coronavirus outbreak.

Andrew Birkle, who has been farming for almost 40 years, says the closures of coffee shops and cafes has resulted in people drinking less milk.

Andrew and and his son, Leo, say they're concerned about the current situation.

Mr Birkle is urging the government to help the industry which he fears is in terminal decline.

We have taken a number of measures to support our food and farming sectors to manage the impact of coronavirus on the dairy supply chain. We are also working very closely with farmer and processor representatives to understand the specific challenges that the dairy sector is facing.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statement