Dairy farmers across Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and North Wales are uniting to give the industry more voice.

 

The Independent Producer Group (IPG), which has 120 members accounting for 200m litres annual production, was formed in July and is gaining support daily, according to group secretary, Ros Rimmer.

 

And, despite rumours of brokerages establishing themselves across the country, Ms Rimmer said that the IPG does not aim to become a political group which encourages producers to hand in contract resignations on masse.

 

“It is vital we have a united voice when discussing contractual issues,” she added. “Initially, producers met to discuss issues they had with the Tesco contract they were about to sign.”

 

“Instead of refusing to sign, producers thought it important to take issues forward positively for themselves as well as processors, which is why the IPG was established.”

 

Having gained support regionally, the group is now gauging interest in forming a national group and is particularly interested in gaining support from Tesco dairy suppliers.

    

“We are keen to hear from Tesco dairy suppliers from Arla, Wiseman or Dairy Farmers of Britain, but all Tesco producers are encouraged,” said Ms Rimmer.

 

For further information on the Independent Producer Group contact 01829 773 000 or visit the Carver Knowles stand at The Dairy Event.