Farmers are feeling positive about the future of the industry, despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, according to a straw poll at the NFU conference.
All of those that Farmers Weekly asked gave a thumbs up to the sector’s future.
The dairy industry’s emergence from crisis and the shake-up that Brexit will bring were the main reasons people said they felt positive.
However, keeping hold of British standards and preventing cheap imports, was also important, said farmers.
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Andrew Griffiths, a dairy producer from Cheshire, said long-term Brexit would allow UK farming to stand on its own two feet better, although it would be tough to start with.
Michael Oakes, dairy farmer and NFU dairy board chairman, said he felt positive now that dairy prices were starting to improve.
Drew Coppinger, a Shropshire calf rearer and the agricultural innovation manager at 2 Sisters, said he felt positive about Brexit but it was important the UK maintained its high food production standards.