Dairy farmers urged to complete survey on milk production future

The NFU has launched a new Dairy Production Intentions Survey to determine what impact low farmgate prices and high costs will have on future UK milk production.

Industry figures have already shown a contraction in the UK dairy herd, with 5% of producers leaving the sector in the 12 months to April.

A prolonged period of low milk prices has left many dairy businesses making a loss and more producers are expected to cut back or leave the industry.

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Farmers are being asked to take part in a five-minute survey to outline any plans to increase, decrease, or stop milk production during the next two years.

The results will be used to inform the NFU’s lobbying work around creating a fairer dairy supply chain.

NFU Dairy Board chairman Michael Oakes said: “By helping us capture the main concerns of the industry, we can ensure your voice is heard.”

Mr Oakes said last year’s survey results provided the crucial evidence needed for important conversations with stakeholders ranging from government right across the supply chain.

“Knowing this information will support us in calling for the correct policy interventions to support your businesses and help us explain the decisions you are facing to policymakers and stakeholders across the rest of the supply chain,” he added.

The survey can be found online and will close on 23 July.