Dairy cows behind an electric fence© FLPA/Wayne Hutchinson/REX
More than half of UK milk producers supply private companies, rather than farmer-owned co-operatives. That means, in most cases, the processor dictates terms and prices. Plenty of well-established representative groups already push hard for producers. But they lack the legal clout to thrash out contract terms. To remedy this, the EU brought in dairy producer organisations (DPOs) in 2012, part of a package of laws to help farmers prepare for the looming end of quotas. See also: Dairy collective bargaining […]