15-05-2014 01:02 AM | United Kingdom

Dorset farmer sells dairy herd as milk prices returns 'not worth the effort'

There has been a dairy herd at North Mead Farm for 54 years, averaging about 50 head – but it now numbers just 16 cows, as ill health and unrealistic prices are forcing Helen Webb to sell up.

Milk prices have fallen repeatedly in recent weeks, with Arla starting cuts that spread to all processors, with Dairy Crest yesterday announcing a 0.324ppl drop in two of its contract prices.

"I can't do what I used to do," says Mrs Webb. "We just don't get paid enough for milk. It's amazing how much work farmers put in to get a few pence back."
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