Dairy farmers increasingly can't be arsed anymore

12 January 2015

milk2 The state of milk pricing may see the amount of dairy farmers in the UK half in the next decade, according to some findings by the National Farmers Union.

There are now just under 10,000 dairy farmers in the UK - compared to 20,000 a decade ago. And forecasters suggest it will only halve again if things carry on the way they are.

Now that a pint of milk is now being sold for just 22p, it's making milk farmers wonder what the point of it all is. Why, only in December did 60 dairy farmers throw in the towel and decide to leave dairy farming.

This news comes as First Milk,announced it would be delaying payments to farmers by two weeks because of the current 'volatility' in the industry.

Farmers can do without that sort of thing, really. So for those suffering already, this is no fun.

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers' Union (NFU), said: "The recent milk price cuts, from most processors, have had a massive impact with some farmers now facing their lowest milk price since 2007, at around 11.4p per litre. At the same time, farm costs remain some 36% higher than they were eight years ago and the single largest cost component of a dairy farm, animal feed, is more than 50 per cent higher than 2007 levels."

"This combination has left many producers under extreme financial pressure and fearing for the future of their dairy businesses. You only have to look at the number of dairy farmers now leaving the sector."

As we reported last week - because we're ace - Asda have cut the price of four pints of milk to 89p this week, along with Aldi, Lidl and Iceland. Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are not far behind at £1 for four pints of milk. This means the price of a four pint bottle of milk has fallen by almost 9%.

Maybe we'll end up with Springfield High rat milk soon?

TOPICS:   Supermarket


  • George C.
    Our local dairy farmer is so poor he has to wash his Range Rover and his wife's Mercs himself. Imagine the indignity.
  • Arthur
    There's no such thing as a poor farmer - go to the nearest cattle market and see the lines of brand new 4x4s lined up in a row.
  • mr b.
    they could all just put there prices up if they all do it they have no option but to accept it, even with import duties local milk will be cheaper than EU milk supermarkets have to much power over farms

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