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Dairy Industry Rallies to Help Hard-Hit UK Farmers

04 March 2016

UK - The NFU, NFUS and AHDB are bringing together organisations that work with or advise dairy farmers to look at ways of supporting them in the challenging months ahead.

The ‘Allied Industries Forum’ is being held as dairy farmers across the country face continued severe financial pressure from ongoing low prices.

NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison said: “With market prospects looking pretty bleak in the short term we need to ensure farmers across the country are getting the best support and advice on what they can do to survive periods of market volatility and low prices.”

AHDB Dairy strategy director Amanda Ball said: “We want farmers to know where to go for help with the various challenges being faced. I know that no two farmers will be facing the same issues. Hence the aim of this day is to recognise the key challenges and how our respective roles can complement each other.

“We intend to get different organisations – such as banks, farm consultants, feed advisers, vets, and farming charities – to openly discuss how we can all work together to support dairy farmers through this difficult period. We want to improve visibility between us of what is available to help with short term business issues and fill any gaps.”

Rob Harrison added: “We know that there is a lot of support available and much to be gained from working together. We need to encourage dairy businesses to ask questions, seek help and take-up the support on offer.”

The Dairy Allied Industries Forum is taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on March 15. For more information contact sian.davies@nfu.org.uk

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