UK dairy farmers uncertain about future - survey

9% say they'll likely stop milking by 2025
calendar icon 19 September 2023
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Almost a quarter of British dairy farmers are unsure about whether their business will continue producing milk beyond 2025, according to results from a new NFU survey.

The survey of almost 600 dairy farmers reveals producers have less confidence in the future of their businesses, with 9% of producers believing they are likely to stop producing milk by 2025 – up from 7% last year.

NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said Britain's dairy farmers are facing a ‘crisis of confidence’.

“The results of this survey show that now more than ever, we need resilient and collaborative dairy supply chains,” said Oakes.

Earlier in the year, Ruminant Health & Welfare supported stakeholders across the dairy industry to launch the UK Dairy Cattle Welfare Strategy 2023-2028, with the aim of supporting a high welfare and secure dairy supply chain for many years to come. 

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