Norfolk farmers back national milk crisis summit
13:50 11 July 2012
Dairy farmers from East Anglia joined the estimated 2,000 producers at today’s London milk crisis meeting.
As producers face 4p per litre cuts forcing average producers into making annual losses of around £50,000, farmers waved posters walling for a fair milk price.
Farmers’ leader Peter Kendall, who presided at Central Hall, Westminster, to discuss how to reverse 4p litre cut in milk prices imposed in the past two months. The latest cut of about 2p will be made on August 1 following a decision by three leading milk buyers to cut prices yet again.
A contingent of more than 60 producers including 25 from Norfolk travelled to support the rally, which would also be addressed by farming minister Jim Paice. Several farming families including Ken and Rebecca Proctor, of Shipdham, and heir sons Robert and Ralph, were also joined by the Dann family from North Tuddenham, Dereham. Simon and Susan Dann, son Alex and daughter Charlotte, were among the gathering.
North Norfolk farmer, Stephen Temple, who is the NFU regional member of the milk board, also travelled from Wighton, near Wells.
However as the EDP reported earlier today, Mr Paice confessed ignorance about the cost to consumers about the price of milk as he revealed that it was bought by his wife.
NFU dairy chairman Mansel Raymond, said: “Today’s meeting, which is one of the biggest crisis meetings in the NFU’s history, will give the industry a chance to share their concerns and commit to work together to prevent the demise of the British dairy industry.
“The strength of feeling is immense – farmers realise that this is a fight for survival, not only long term, but for many to survive this winter.”
New research from the NFU reveals that 62pc of the British public would pay an extra 5p per pint of milk to ensure dairy farmers received a fair price.
In the last two weeks Robert Wiseman Dairies, owned by Müller Dairies, Arla Foods UK, the UK subsidiary of Arla Foods Amba, as well as Dairy Crest, announced cuts to their milk prices paid to farmers as of August 1 of 1.7ppl, 2.0ppl and 1.65ppl respectively, following further significant cuts in recent months.