Dairy farmers protest over unfair milk prices

Farmers have taken up protest against the poor deal that they are given in milk sales.
There has been a long ongoing argument between the dairy farmers and the big four supermarkets, in which farmers are earning very low profits on a pint of milk compared to production value. Or, in some cases, have even lost money per pint.
Considering we use milk so much all over the country, it is a necessary commodity, and is one of the few markets supplied by a native industry. It is possible to supply Britain with British milk, but British supermarkets are at risk of putting those milk farmers out of business.
Several reports of different demonstrations have been made over the weekend. In Bideford, Devon, and Bude, Cornwall, a group of dairy farmers went into the local Morrisons stores and bought all the milk on the shelves, clearing out the shop.
They then protested outside with a cow.
The leader of the protest in Bude, Michael Shadwick, said “We cleared the lot and yeah they’re left with none now, so it’s mission accomplished for us.
“Hopefully, the message will get back to their buyers that [stores and suppliers] need to support us.”
Lidl, Tesco, and another Morrisons were also hit by protestors last week, when farmers filled trollies with milk and then left the carts at the counter. A similar thing happened at an Asda in Strabane, which also saw farm vehicles block roads.
Morrisons defended itself in a statement saying “As a leading British retailer, Morrisons is focused on delivering great value and we try to pass on lower prices to our customers wherever possible.
“We do recognise however, due to reduced global demand, that this has created an oversupply of British milk creating difficult conditions for many dairy farmers at present.
“At a constructive meeting on Wednesday with the NFU Dairy Board Chairman, we confirmed that Morrisons is not accepting any further cost price decreases from our suppliers driven by the falling farm gate milk price.”
However, there is no promise by the stores to raise the price they pay (as of yet), freezing the farmers in a difficult, ongoing situation financially. Chris Bellairs, a dairy farmer, explained that “Eighteen months ago we were getting 10p a litre more than what we’re getting now. That’s about a 32% reduction in what we’re getting.”