Processor Behaviour Forces Spanish Milk Dumping

SPAIN – A farmers’ union has warned that around 300,000 litres of milk per day could be dumped as processors turn their backs on contracts.
calendar icon 1 July 2015
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Milk risks going uncollected across Spain's northern dairying heartland because processors refuse to fulfil their contractual obligations, according to the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA).

The Union blames imported dairy products on creating an “unprecedented situation” for farmers.

A UPA spokesperson accused Spanish processors of breaching contracts following a “massive influx” of cheese from Germany, France and the Netherlands.

A video posted on the UPA website showed a farmer dumping milk from the parlour straight out into the collection yard.

The UPA noted that cheese being imported into Spain has increased in volume but decreased in value by €25 million.

"The result is the ruin of the Spanish dairy farmers,” said UPA livestock secretary, Roman Santalla.

The UPA told the government that uncollected milk “is illogical” given the production deficit seen in the country.

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