HROC (agency) - Kubota
Farminguk
25 September 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


3 August 2012 21:36:13 |Cattle,Dairy,Market Reports,News,NFU

Dairy farming on 'knife-edge' as farmers meet MP


Dairy farmers from Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire expressed their concerns for the future of the dairy industry as they met with Simon Hart, MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
"Dairy farming in West Wales is on a precarious knife-edge and we’re facing a real fight for survival in the face of falling prices for our milk coupled with rising input costs and continuing poor weather conditions that has led to poor quality forage harvest" said dairy farmer and NFU County Chairman Gareth Richards.
"This combination of factors has left many dairy farmers in the area questioning whether we can afford to continue milking cows into this winter."
Members of the dairy coalition pledged to keep pressure on retailers who were not paying dairy farmers a "fair price", they announced recently.
Farmers fear that price cuts will force them out of business and drastically reduce the dairy industry in the UK.
“The huge gathering of dairy farmers at the recent Dairy Summit in Westminster sent out a strong message to milk processors, retailers and to both UK and Welsh Government of the desperate need for dairy farmers to receive a fair and sustainable return from the marketplace for producing milk" Richards continued.
"The pressure that’s been applied on retailers and processors by members of the dairy coalition has led to the reversal of the proposed price cuts from August 1, however the next step has to be the return of money lost to dairy farmers from the previous price cuts which were imposed on us back in June."
Pembrokeshire NFU Cymru County Milk Chairman William Lawrence said, “I’m proud of the unity that dairy farmers have shown in working together to seek to strengthen our position within the supply chain but there is still much work to be done."
NFU and the dairy processors organisation Dairy UK agreed to heads of terms for a Dairy Industry code of best practice on contractual relations during today’s meeting at the NFU Cymru Headquarters, Builth Wells. The heads of terms establish a number of minimum requirements and new provisions for dairy contracts between farmers and milk buyers.
The code stipulates that dairy farmers must receive at least 30 days’ notice of a price change and retrospective price adjustments are no longer acceptable.
“I’m heartened that there has been some real progress made in recent weeks towards bringing the Voluntary Code of Practice on milk contracts to fruition as we desperately need a mechanism in place to ensure some fairness in the dairy supply chain" continued Lawrence.
"However, we have impressed upon Simon Hart that if the Voluntary Code of Practice fails to bring some balance to the contractual relationship between dairy farmers and milk buyers, then we will not shy away from calling for the introduction of government regulation to bring some much needed fairness and transparency into the dairy supply chain.”
The code also puts in place conditions that must be met, where a purchaser wishes to use their discretion to set farm gate milk prices, these include a commitment to engage with farmers and their representatives, a commitment to maintain prices within mutually agreed parameters and where a farmer disagrees with a price change, the right of the producer to exit the contract with three months’ notice.
Further conditions include the ability of farmers to supply more than one processor, where their primary milk buyer seeks to cap their production and the right to automatic contractual release for producers from insolvent purchasers.
The concerns of local farmers about the impact of Bovine TB on both the dairy and beef sectors in West Wales also figured prominently in the discussions with Simon Hart.
“Bovine TB is crippling our industry and farmers who are placed under TB movement restrictions are suffering badly on both an economic and personal level" said Pembrokeshire NFU County Chairman Andrew Lewis.
"A number of local dairy farmers at this meeting have outlined how TB is affecting them and how their milk production has suffered following the removal of large numbers of productive dairy cows from their herds. We feel strongly that a full scale review of cattle control measures is urgently needed to ensure a more proportionate balance between reducing the possible risk of disease spread and our ability to operate our farming businesses.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Ireland | 23 September 2016
Farmers who left safety net of EU subsidies to make fortune

Irish farmers have proved that they don't need subsidies from the EU to be massively successful in their chosen profession. Some have chosen to leave the payment safety net behind and seek their fortu...


China | 23 September 2016
China lays groundwork to be major producer of GMO crops

China has a fifth of the world’s population, but only about 7 percent of its arable land. Farming plus safe and healthy foods are national obsessions. So it came as no surprise that government-own...


USA | 23 September 2016
Drought grips parts of South, parches ground, withers crops

Extreme drought conditions are persisting in parts of Alabama and Georgia, wilting crops and raising the specter of wildfires. Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report that tracks drought c...


China | 23 September 2016
China to reopen beef market to American producers after 13 years

American beef producers are expected get access to China for the first time in 13 years, raising the possibility that the U.S. could recapture lost market share in one of the fastest-growing global ma...


Australia | 23 September 2016
Greener pastures: the dairy farmers committed to sustainability

It was a soil bacteria course in New Zealand that convinced Reggie Davis to change his farming methods. The fourth-generation Victorian dairy farmer had become increasingly concerned by the costs, ...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new survey has revealed that the vast majority of British consumers belie...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping or strengthening...


closeicon
Username
Password