MOVES to unite dairy farmers to achieve a better milk price were discussed at a meeting of producer group representatives in London on Monday.
A draft options paper, examining the future of the milk sector and stronger co-operation, was produced at the gathering, held at NFU headquarters in association with the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
Proposals will be put to a larger meeting next month. "A lot of interesting ideas were discussed. It was clear the producer groups shared a common vision about how the market place can be improved for dairy farmers during this time," said NFU deputy president Tim Bennett.
Exactly what those proposals are remains unclear. "You cant have an honest and open debate if you make the results available for public consumption," said union milk adviser Philip Hudson.
He denied the meeting was called as a result of Milk Marques problems in selling milk from October onwards. "Too much blame has already been apportioned. It is time for the industry to pull together."