Dairy farmers from across the region have been protesting over what they say is an 'unsustainable' fall in the price they get for milk.
Hundreds met in London to demand an immediate reversal of a series of price cuts that will take effect in August. Unions say from Northumberland to the Scottish Borders and beyond more and more farmers are struggling to survive.
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