29 March 2015 | Online since 2003



19 July 2012|Cattle,Dairy,News

Celebrity chefs call for milk boycott


Two celebrity chefs have backed a dairy campaign calling for action on the current milk price crisis.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver issued a joint letter condemning "cynical" retailers who were paying less than production cost for a litre of milk leaving dairy farmers angry over the move.

"It's time supermarkets stopped using milk as a loss leader. And if they won't take that initiative, then perhaps consumers will consider moving their custom from those who offer milk at crazy knockdown prices to those who will commit to giving dairy farmers a fairer deal" the pair said in their statement.

The crisis has seen dairy farmers and industry members attending summits in London with a second meeting of the dairy coalition planned for the Royal Welsh Show on Monday July 23.

“This price slash comes at the expense of the average dairy farmer who is now making a significant loss for every litre they produce”, said NFU dairy board chairman Mansel Raymond.

Carmarthenshire NFU Cymru County Chairman Gareth Richards, a dairy farmer from Abergwili, said, “Dairy farming is in a state of crisis and urgent action is required from processors, retailers and government to fix these problems. The savage milk price cuts imposed on dairy farmers by milk buyers since the beginning of June coupled with the recent announcement of further severe cuts to the milk price from 1 August has left dairy farmers in Wales in turmoil."

This will take the debate to Wales amid concerns that additional price cuts coming down the track will make dairy farming in Britain completely "unviable."

In the joint letter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver said: “The value of milk is something we have all lost sight of. We pay more for bottled water than we do milk – crazy when you think of the work that goes into producing it.

“We enjoy a fresh product because farmers care about the quality of their milk and work hard to look after the cows that produce it.

“People want to support our dairy farmers and we can all start by paying them a fair price at the farm gate for their milk. A fair price that means they - and we - have a future where dairy farming is great in Britain again.”

The NFU, Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and the Tenant Farmers Association have called for price cuts intended for August 1 to be scrapped.

The coalition has also voiced their support for demonstrations which have seen hundreds of farmers demonstrating outside supermarkets and dairy processors this week.

Concerns over the plight of dairy farmers were also echoed by the Country, Land and Business Association President Harry Cotterell.

“The price paid for milk by certain retailers and processors is below the cost of production. It is anti-competitive and insulting to the farmers who work hard to feed the nation" he said.

“The planned price cut on milk will force some farmers out of business so the CLA is united with the NFU in demanding a reversal of the price cuts from 1 August.”

He added: “Farmers who supply milk to retailers and processors that do not pay them a price reflecting the cost of production deserve better. Retailers and processors have a corporate and social responsibility to producers and must ensure those providing milk receive a fair price.

Download



Comments


20-07-2012 10:16 AM | Posted by: JaseSankey
How about publishing a list of retailers who pay farmers a fair price, so people can choose to shop there?

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


10 March 2015
Packaging Operator
Queens Dairies Limited are opening a new production facility in Glasgow and are recruiting now for packaging staff. Mc....

16 March 2015
Management Accountant
The company is a leading grower and packer of premium English Summer Berries, cultivated on its farms and nurseries in the So...

10 March 2015
Lean Coordinator
Home to some of the UK's leading dairy brands, including Cravendale, Anchor, Lurpak and Tickler, Arla Foods is the UK's numbe...

13 March 2015
Quality Assurance Manager
Significant Offshore Wind Farm experience. Provide Quality Management for an Offshore Wind Farm project, advising and interfa...

10 March 2015
Sports Turf Apprentice
Mark Higgs, Operations Manager, Souters Sports, Kell Green Farm, Kell Green Lane, Marthall, nr. Souters Sports Ltd....




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...