The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is entering talks with leading MPs to share its deep concern over the current farmgate milk price trends and to discuss a way forward.
Next week the Association meets with Dairy APPG chairman, Neil Parish MP who has called a joint industry round table discussion with other concerned MPs to try and understand why, what and how the current crisis has occurred.
“RABDF fully understands that the current fall in farm gate milk prices reflects the global trend and shares the plight of all those involved throughout the chain. Farmgate prices have fallen by up to 30% in the last three months and there are threats of further cuts,” commented RABDF chairman, Ian Macalpine. “Dairy farmers have accepted that there will be price volatility in future, and while these current trends are extreme, we have to find a way forward to enable dairy farmers to maintain a sustainable business.
“RABDF together with DairyUK has developed the newly launched Dairy APPG which is giving us a direct route to informing MPs about the current crisis and the opportunity to consider options which will provide a solution.”