25 May 2000
Activist Hart quits dairy farming
A WEST Country farmer who drove his tractor from Cornwall to Westminster in protest at the crisis in agriculture has been forced to quit dairy farming.
Michael Hart, from St Ewe, Cornwall, said the collapse of milk prices mean he can no longer afford to continue dairy farming, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Hart, who heads the Small and Family Farms Alliance, warned that the face of the countryside would change as more and more small farmers were forced out.
He intends to remain a part-time farmer, producing calves for beef, but will look for work outside the industry.
This year dairy farmers have seen farmgate prices fall to as little as 15ppl – a 30-year low in real terms.
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- The Daily Telegraph 25/05/2000 page 14