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Milk price draft deal agreed

Dairy farmers have agreed in principle to a voluntary code of practice with milk processors, after a series of protests at the cuts to the price they are paid for their milk.

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What the milk deal will mean for farmers

A deal has been struck in principle to end the stalemate over milk prices. The agreement means:

  • Firms buying milk, like big supermarkets, would give a "sensible" notice period when changing their prices
  • It means farmers would have enough time to opt out of any deals
  • Government officials say they could still bring in legislation at a later date if the code failed to work
  • But ministers warn they cannot dictate prices

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