Milk price misery for Lancashire farmers
6:00pm Friday 6th July 2012 in News
BOSSES at the North West branch of the National Farmers’ Union have highlighted the difficulties facing dairy farmers.
It comes after typical milk prices fell to around 24p per litre at a time when costs of production exceed 30p per litre.
Robert Sheasby, the NFU’s North West regional director, said the cuts were hitting the region’s farmers, who were struggling to continue trading, hard.
He said: “This cannot go on and the NFU is working tirelessly to make sure we have a strong sustainable sector in the future. An extra couple of pence on the till though could be the difference between a North West dairy farmer staying in business or not.
“We’re all facing difficult buying choices and cost is a big factor especially given that we all have to stretch that cash a little further.
“For North West dairy farmers and the National Farmers’ Union, however, price is everything and seeing just a few pence cut off the milk price at farm gate by big processors, before the milk heads off to the supermarkets, makes a big, big difference.”
More than 550 farmers attended an NFU dairy meeting to discuss the issue, which Mr Sheasby said he hoped would send out a message that something needed to be done.
He said: “North West farmers are a high-tech, bunch working professionally, producing great produce, but even the most efficient farm will struggle given the average current milk price being passed back at farm gate.”