A WAVENEY dairy farmer has warned more dairy farmers will go out of business following the latest milk price cuts.

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Jonathan Crickmore, of Bungay, has called for the creation of an ethical “fairtrade” style of milk sales based on a tracker system as a means of combating low UK milk prices.

“There will be more dairy farmers go out of business,” he warned. “The recent price cuts are a massive blow to the industry.”

He added: “The whole industry stinks, and it is totally unfair for the dairy farmer who works harder than most and who is faced with unsociable hours and tough working conditions to be working at a loss with a situation totally out of his control.

“The problem we find ourselves in is all three of the big processors are battling it out with each other to gain the contracts with the supermarket. We really need the consumer to be aware of what is happening.

“I don’t feel enough is said in the press to help get the message across that the dairy industry in the UK is heading for extinction.”

4 comments

  • Wow, how hard done by. Your business has just became a little tougher and you have to work a little harder because your business model did not take this demand into account? If you want tough and hard, try joining the army and serve in Afghan. Why is this country always moaning. You really need to understand the demand of the customer, its customer behaviour thats driving this, not the big 3 processers. They understand customer demand very well and are working to achieve that, it means other things have to change also. Become competitive or go out of business, the more time spent moaning, the less time you will have to achieve your purpose.

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    Dave B

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Dave B If the current situation continues Afghanistan will be the only place you will be able to buy your milk.

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    Barclay_Regular

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Milk in this country is far too cheap for the quality that we currently are able to buy. Supermarkets promote 'ethical' this and 'Fairtrade' that, but hide behind the unethical business practices that they employ to depress their own purchasing costs. In this instance we, the consumer, gains a few pence per pint. Where will be be in a few years? How do we pressurise the supermarkets to support quality?

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    Normal bloke

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • Dave B If the current situation continues Afghanistan will be the only place you will be able to buy your milk.

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    Barclay_Regular

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

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