11 May 1998
Young dairy tenant expresses a generations frustration
A 32-year-old tenant dairy farmer has voiced the frustration felt by a younger generation whose livelihoods are being threatened from the deepening crisis in the milk industry.
In a feature article in The Scotsman, Craig Cochrane, who farms Richardson and Dyke, near Darvel, in Ayrshire, said: “More than anything else, we need to get back some pride and motivation in what we do. I would rather have no subsidies and earn a fair price for my produce.”
Earnings from milk have fallen by £42,000 over the past two years on the 161.88 (400 acre) upland dairy unit. Cull cow prices are down £300 on average and dairy calves now go for less than half of the £150 they use to fetch for the specialist veal market, under the calf slaughter scheme.
One of his brothers, a partner, has been forced to take a full-time sales job with a cattle breeding company to help out.
- The Scotsman 11/05/98 page 18