Welsh government orders urgent dairy industry review

The Welsh government has ordered an urgent review of Wales’ dairy sector at a time it describes as “critical” for the industry.

At the Welsh Dairy Show in Carmarthen, farm minister Rebecca Evans said Welsh dairy industry must not be forced by economics to cut back production at a time when European countries were preparing to expand milk output.

“I firmly believe that we can compete with them,” she insisted.

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Mrs Evans hoped the review would suggest measures to boost confidence in the sector.

“We simply must not enter 2015 cutting back our production at the very time our European neighbours have plans to expand.”
Rebecca Evans, Welsh farm minister

“The cut to the milk price this autumn is of significant concern to me, particularly in terms of the likely effect this is having on the confidence of the industry as a whole,” she said.

The minister intends to move swiftly with the review and will shortly appoint the person who will lead it.

“We simply must not enter 2015 cutting back our production at the very time our European neighbours have plans to expand,” she said.

Wales, she added, had ideal conditions for milk production. “We have, compared with most European countries, a good industry structure, with a viable farm and herd size. We have cows of high genetic merit and skilled farmers able to get the best from them. I know there is a secure and profitable future in this industry and am committed to doing all I can to help support it.”

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