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Time for Action Says UK Dairy Farmers

21 April 2009
National Farmers Union

UK - Industry representatives from across Great Britain have met to discuss the critical situation for British dairy farmers and the united message from all the organisations was that it is time for action.

The meeting, chaired by NFU dairy board chairman Gwyn Jones, was attended by Farmers For Action, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, Dairy Farmers of Scotland, Farmers Union of Wales, and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Jones said: "We are all united in our concern for the fate of British dairy farmers and we are all in agreement that action must be taken to avoid a real loss of critical mass. Since the NFU launched its Survival Plan for British Dairying in February prices have fallen further still and the situation has worsened considerably.

"The only way we will bring about meaningful change is by pulling together and focusing our efforts. We all have our own members, but at times like this we are all fighting for a common cause."

FFA chairman David Handley said: "The meeting shows that a united front is being adopted by dairy farmer representatives against the unsustainable returns being paid to dairy farmers. It also sends a signal to the industry that we are not going to put up with it any longer.

"Processors and retailers have a crucial role to play in restoring farmer confidence, but farmers also have to take responsibility for their own destiny. By coming together as a group of organisations with farmers' best interests at heart we will be lobbying for ethical contracts and responsible behaviour from the supply chain."

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