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Dairy farmers protest over enforced losses

Dairy farmers protest over enforced losses

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:10am 12th July 2012. (Updated at 7:21pm 14th July 2012)

Dairy farmers from Yorkshire have joined colleagues in London to protest against the price they are being paid for their milk.

The latest 2p per litre cut will come into force on 1 August, two months after another similar reduction.

Farmers claim they are now losing over five pence on every litre they produce, with the fall in income amounting to a 15% cut since the start of the summer.

Many are now threatening to pour away their milk in protest, raising the possibility of a shortage on supermarket shelves.

David Smith, who runs a farm at Shepherd's Lodge near Brimham Rocks, said: "Everybody I talk to, they're all prepared to start throwing their milk away. They'll all do it the same day, or days, and that will cause a shortage.

"None of us want to do it, nobody wants us to do it, but we feel as though it's the only ammunition we have."

A price war involving a number of supermarkets is being blamed.

It adds to what has already been a difficult summer for dairy farmers, with many still using costly winter feed because of the exceptionally wet weather.

  Commenting on yesterday's meeting in Westminster, which he visited, Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: "The reduction in the price that dairy farmers get for their milk is causing real and justifiable concern.

"It is time for everyone to get round the table to try and resolve this problem and ensure farmers get a fair price for their product.

"This is not just an issue for Government - all parties including supermarkets, producers and farmers need to play a full part in these discussions."

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