Milk price protest (c) Rex Features

Hundreds of farmers blockaded the Arla dairy processing plant in Leicestershire as protests against milk price cuts resumed.

Some 300 dairy producers gathered at 7.50pm outside the Ashby de la Zouch facility on Wednesday evening (15 August), blockading the plant into the night.

The five-hour protest was co-ordinated by Farmers For Action, which is calling for the reversal of milk price cuts imposed on producers earlier this year.

The pressure group has already succeeded in persuading supermarkets and dairy processors to abandon milk price cuts that were due to come into effect this month.

“They need to come clean very quickly and explain where the money from the cuts went and what it was used for. If they have any morals or ethics this should come easily, if not someone’s backside will get kicked and hard.”
Farmers For Action

But it warned: “The big four retailers and three largest processors needn’t think they are all off the hook.”

“They need to come clean very quickly and explain where the money from the cuts went and what it was used for.

“If they have any morals or ethics this should come easily, if not someone’s backside will get kicked and hard.”

Direct action by dairy farmers against milk price cuts, which began with a night of protests on 19 July, has now entered its fifth week.

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