Protests to continue despite dairy agreement

NFU president Peter Kendall says dairy protests will continue as farm leaders step up their efforts for a full reversal of milk price cuts.

A coalition of farming organisations will continue to target retailers and major milk buyers to ensure a fair price for farmers, said Mr Kendall.

“The farming community is more united than ever before and the strength of feeling on this dairy issue is increasing and not decreasing,” he said.

Mr Kendall’s comments come despite an agreement on the framework for a code of practice to oversee the relationship between farmers and milk buyers.

A meeting at the Royal Welsh Show brought together representatives from the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, the Tenant Farmers’ Association, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and Farmers For Action.

The coalition wants farmgate milk price cuts, due to come into effect on 1 August, reversed in full and price cuts already in place rescinded.

The past week has seen thousands of farmers blockade dairy processors and protest outside supermarkets in a call for fairer milk prices.

Attention remains focused on Asda, which increased its milk price last week but still pays farmers less than the cost of production for milk.

There is also mounting pressure on supermarket discounters and other major buyers of milk to ensure they pay a fair milk price.

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