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Support British dairy farmers - pay them a fair price for their milk.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The diary farm in the next village which has been running for generations has now given up because they cannot make a living any more. What will become of the British countryside if farmers cannot make a living wage? Will we just concrete it all over and use it for housing? There is enough rural unemployment as it is. Do we want the world's scarce global energy resources to be used up transporting milk to us when we could drink home grown milk? And yes, I think that your other contributors are right. By pricing British dairy farmers out of the market, once the supermarkets have got rid of them, surprise, surprise milk prices will go up.

      • Sara PulfordSara Pulford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Obviously we can't stop milk from being imported from outside UK but it should be discouraged.

      • anne bakeranne baker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree! It's outrageous that the big fat supermarkets are driving down the price so much that some Farmers will not be able to continue. We have to stop this now!

      • richard darkrichard dark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This post is a bit late but here goes - I have supported 38% wholeheartedly and this is the first time that I am unable to join a campaign. We have already been forced to apply a socialist solution for bankers. Please don't make the same mistake with farmers. Farmers largely supported the dismantling of the Milk Marketing Board with promises of greater profits from the processors. Until we have a planned socialist economy, let the market decide. Your intervention encourages involuntary subsidy by the public (4 or 5p per litre extra) on top of the millions they receive already. I could go on but you get the picture.

      • Andrea LeeAndrea Lee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I remember speaking to a dairy farmer a few years ago in Northamptonshire who said that they couldn't compete with milk being imported from other parts of europe - it says a lot about the sustainability of our economic system when this can happen

      • David JonesDavid Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Undoubtedly a disgrace on the supermarkets when small dairy farmers are being driven out of business by them as they use milk as a lost leader to draw in customers. Don't kill the goose whose helping to lay your golden eggs. Even in these austere times the vast majority of the public are prepared to pay a little more for milk.

      • Andrew MitchellAndrew Mitchell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need to publicise and create greater public awareness of those supermarkets who are not supporting farmers like Asda. I understand that Coop, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Morrisons have agreed to pay more? It is timely to act now and protect our farming industry for future generations.

      • Jeffrey LoomesJeffrey Loomes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If we lose the British dairy farmers - and we will at this rate - we shall have only ourselves to blame when foreign suppliers move in ... and dictate terms. The dairy farmers of the UK fully deserve our support, and we will not only be assisting them by adding our voice, we shall, in the long run, be doing ourselves a favour too.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It makes no economic sense to work so hard to produce milk (most people wouldn't want to milk all those cows 365 days a year) and then be forced to sell it at below cost. It's crazy. How can I help the farmer, we would willingly pay much more for our milk.

      • Peter ArmitagePeter Armitage commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Milk Marketing Board was set up to ensure that all farmers received a fair price .
        Guess who abolished it ? that's right, it was Margaret Thatcher. But, sad to say, successive Labour governments did not re-introduce it.

      • KathrynKathryn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just where do these supermarkets think our milk will come from when they've put our dairy farmers out of business? I want to be able to buy milk from scottish cows living well and decently fed and I'm happy to pay what it costs to do this.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think the way our dairy farmers and farmers in general are treated by supermarkets is dreadful. We should learn form the French! All our farmers deserve better and should be paid a fair price for their produce which will allow them to sustain their way of life and make a living. We will not miss them until they are gone!!!

      • Doug GilliesDoug Gillies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Scotland has unveiled an action plan to tackle the problem, something England also needs to do. We need to monitor supermarket's and processor's actions to ensure they maintain a sustainable price that at least covers the cost of production from our dairy herds.

      • ScoutScout commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I absolutely support this - something needs to be done before it's too late.

      • R. WeeksR. Weeks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need to for; the survival of a dairy farming industry in this country,the preservation of a highly nutritious and important foodstuff,the preservation of our countryside,provision of jobs within farming and the associated dairy industry,provision of securityof supply. Are we really going to accept sub-standard imports in quality and welfare standards. i do not work in this industry but feel very strongly that I want to be able to drink British milk and will not accept imported milk when we are able to supply it for ourselves and have farmers only to willing to do so provided they are paid a fair price for this vital commodity.

      • saveourindustrysaveourindustry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let's not lose yet another "home grown" quality product for a few pence a litre. Call the supermarkets' bluff and support our home milk industry before we find ourselves drinking sub-standard imported milk.

      • Liz GeorgesonLiz Georgeson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Supermarkets must act responsibly and support the British Farming Industry. I don't want to buy foreign factory farmed food. Supermarkets need to think about investing in Farmers through research etc.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Totally agree with the comment that many people happuly pay more for a bottle of water than a bottle of milk. An we cannot expect farmers to cover the cost of running a dairy farm, feeding the animals meeting vet bills etc. when they are not given sufficient money to even break evern - thay have to live too. Supermarkets continue to push prices they pay to farmers lower & lower - but make very sure their own high profits are secured. Our farming and agricultural industries are ever more seriously threatened and it is vital that we ensure they do not disappear for ever.

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