Dorset Dairy Farmers Getting Raw Deal Over Milk Prices
10:54am 13th January 2015
Dairy farmers are struggling to survive in Dorset, according to the county NFU chairman Trevor Cligg.
He says while our farmers aren't affected by the late payments to suppliers we highlighted yesterday, prices are now so low that many are losing money producing our milk because they're being paid 10p less per pint than a year ago.
Trevor, himself a dairy farmer at South Perrott, says Dorset farmers are now victims of international events.
He's told Wessex FM; "The Chinese stopped buying our milk about 9 months ago which made prices plunge, and then Russia's retaliation to EU sanctions by blocking our milk exports has made matters worse because there's so little demand compared with before."