Welsh dairy farmers are being encouraged to have their say on how their industry develops by filling in a short questionnaire.

The questionnaire is part of the Welsh Dairy Industry: Your Voice, Your Future initiative, co-ordinated by the Dairy Development Centre.

So far more than 400 people have already completed the questionnaire and the information provided will be used for the next Rural Development Plan.

John Griffiths from the Dairy Development Centre said: “Wales is well-placed to produce milk with an excellent climate for growing grass, and is already home to many of the most efficient dairy farmers in the UK.

“This initiative is about making sure farmers’ views are considered when developing a plan for the future of the dairy sector, helping to ensure a sustainable and vibrant industry for years to come.”

Eifion Williams from Promar International, who are collating the data, said: “We need to make sure that as many farmers as possible contribute to the discussions to ensure the industry is speaking with a strong, collective voice regarding how it develops. It is really important that everyone takes the time to complete the form and send it back. Otherwise, how will the decision makers know what is really important at farm level?”

Seimon Thomas from Drysgolgoch, Llwyndrain, Llanfyrnach, who runs a herd of 550 cows, commented: “It is encouraging that we have been given the chance to really have our say. All Welsh dairy farmers need to grasp this opportunity. Any failure to participate will be a wasted chance to influence and help secure the long-term future of the Welsh dairy industry.”

Farmers yet to fill out the questionnaire need to do so before the closing date on 16 May.

The questionnaire can be downloaded or call 01554 748 570 for a paper version.