Supermarket milk protests continue as British dairy farmers face financial destruction

The protests over the amount that dairy farmers are getting paid per litre of milk are still ongoing, and have resulted in an emergency meeting by the National Farmers Union (NFU) to try to resolve the issues.
Dairy and livestock farmers are facing “financial devastation” as the large supermarkets in the country are continuing to pay less than the production value for a litre of milk.
Last week saw the rise of the “Milk Trolley Challenge” in which stores had their milk shelves cleared by protesting customers, who either bought the trolleys full of milk bottles to sell on for charity, or just left the trolleys by the checkout for the staff to have to put back.
The irritation and the desperation of the farmers is growing, as the Milk Trolley Challenge sweeps up and down the country, and even stronger protests begin to take place. Customers at an Asda in Stafford saw a strange sight at the weekend when two cows were led around the store to make a statement, joined by a reported 70 more protesters.
Since January 2014, the price for a litre of milk has dropped from 34 pence to 23.66 pence in June, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Meurig Raymond, the president of the NFU admitted that “The farming industry gets support via the common agricultural policy to take out some of the volatility that we see in market prices, but at the present time even with that support farmers are still losing 8 to 10 pence a litre on their milk that’s being produced.
“The average dairy farmer is producing about 2,500 litres of milk per day. You can easily work out how much the average farmer is losing at the present time and that’s why a lot of dairy farmers are going to make some big decisions in the next few months.”
The emergency meeting of the NFU will take place in London, and may see the relationship between superstores and British dairy farmers change for good.