23 February 2000
Back dairy protest, farmers urged

By FWi staff

FARMERS are being urged to add their support to a protest march organised in order to raise awareness about the plight of the dairy sector.

A group of producers from the north-west are planning to bring two floats down the country, starting in Carlisle and finishing at Westminster.

The protest follows the announcement that Dairy Crest is to merge with Unigates dairy and cheese business in a move farmers fear will force down milk prices.

Producers plan to stop at towns along the route to London and hold short demonstrations. They want farmers along the route to join them.

The floats, which feature a oversized cow and a giant bottle of milk will leave Carlisle on 1 March at 10am. Organisers hope to reach London two weeks later.

For details of the itinerary contact