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Yes, but qouta is about £[sign in to see URL] per litre in Uk terms.

But they do get a good return for their milk and can actually plan on making a profit on an annual basis. The Canadian farmers also seem to have some influence with their government.

Even with the BSE situation, when we were there last September, the farmers who made their living from the milk cheque were still doing well. Those dependent on genetic sales were struggling much more.

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FFA announces launch of major campaign on farmgate prices
29/06/2005 15:47:00
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FARMERS FOR Action has announced the launch of a major new campaign on farmgate prices.

The organisation said the move followed confirmation that Robert Wiseman Dairies intends to cut its milk price by [sign in to see URL]

FFA chairman David Handley said he had decided to bring forward a plan which he had intended to launch this autumn.

“We now intend to demand from retailers a 3ppl milk price increase. This is totally justified as we are now seeing demand outstrip supply.”

FFA has said its efforts to obtain realistic farmgate pricesfor all sectors in the food production industry will be Europe wide.

“We have for some months now been talking with our counterparts in Europe over the issue of farmgate price. Therefore, we are going to make the UK the leader in this and we would expect every farmer and countryside representative body to come behind this 100%.”

* For more details see FARMERS WEEKLY out on Fri (Jul 1).

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The letter came yesterday to tell us they got the supply profile wrong and they were cutting the bonus from [sign in to see URL] tp [sign in to see URL] this is after giving us over 12 months notice in which i and a good many others changed calving pattern , tipped milk away and generally put effort of time and money in to creating our own supply profile that would achieve bonus every day of the year which would of been worth [sign in to see URL] over 1.3 million litres . Then tonight our farmer rep rang up to say [sign in to see URL] coming off tomorrow . So in 2 days i lost a bloody fortune out of the cash flow with chance of another cut for August meanwhile everything diesel , fertilizer etc i as dear as i ever known . So i joined FFA tonight and accepted that i going to have to get out and protest as talking to them wont lift the price. emoticon
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From Ian Potter

Farmers close Co-ops processing plant (28 July)

"Around 25 dairy farmers with tractors and trailers blocked all entrances to Dairy Farmers of Britain's (DFOB) processing plant a Fole, Uttoxeter for 3 hours on Wednesday (27th) costing the co-op and its members an estimated £30,000.

Initially it was billed as a protest by co-op members but on analysis of those present, few were members of DFOB and many were suppliers of Arla. This has infuriated the co-ops members in view of the cost to them and the fact that the blockade had a negative impact.

This is the first time a co-op has been targeted by dairy farmers and DFOB members at Nantwich show understood why some co-op suppliers were angry at the recent price drop, and wanted to protest but felt closing down the factory was a step too far. One felt Arla Milk Partnership Members being involved was taking the mickey"

From FFA

"Although demand is outstripping supplies, still we are suffering price cuts. Therefore we are now contemplating a national milk dumping campaign, staggering it throughout the country on a daily basis, for maximum effect. This will take planning, co-operation and guts, but if we all stick together on this, we will get the result and price for our product that we deserve"

If COOP members dump milk, we will firstly obviously not be paid for the litres we dump & secondly, if it means the COOP can't make their contracted deliveries to the dairies they will get fined by the dairy as well.

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quote:

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If COOP members dump milk, we will firstly obviously not be paid for the litres we dump & secondly, if it means the COOP can't make their contracted deliveries to the dairies they will get fined as well.



Who's words are these?

I'm a Milklink member, and yep, I'm none too happy with the milk price, but actually setting out to disrupt what is effectively a business I have a share in? emoticon Can't see that improving my milk price.
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FFA Press Release

"[sign in to see URL] - MILK MOVEMENTS TO BE CURTAILED AS MILK PRICE PROTEST HOTS UP. On Thursday 4 August 2005 all movement of milk transport vehicles will be stopped for 6 hours. Following this, if both processors and retailers do not address the current milk price crisis, it will be the intention to double the stoppage time the following week."

What percentage of dairy farmers will support this? What time of the day will it be done?
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Sounds like FFA are raising the bar a fair bit this [sign in to see URL] success of the whole campaign could well hinge on the support they get on [sign in to see URL] a risky move.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS BACK FARMERS' DAIRY BLOCKADES
Animal Aid, the UK's largest animal rights organisation, is backing plans by Farmers for Action (FFA) to blockade the country's main milk processing sites.

In protest at what dairy farmers regard as unfair payment from the five main dairy processors, FFA, the group behind the petrol station protests of 2000 which caused chaos up and down the UK, is currently organising pickets outside the processing plants. The group is now threatening to step up its tactics by completely cutting off the nation's milk supply.

Animal Aid welcomes the FFA action, seeing a dairy drought as an opportunity for the nation to sample healthy, cruelty-free alternatives to cow's milk such as soya, rice and oat milks instead.

In order to yield the vast quantities of milk demanded by the modern industry, dairy cows are subjected to a constant cycle of pregnancies. Male calves, the unwanted 'by-products' of dairy farming, are taken from their mothers at just a few days old and destroyed, so that the milk meant for them can be bottled for human consumption. 'Prime' female calves are sent off to join the production line where they will be milked to the point of exhaustion and killed at around three years of age. Lameness is endemic on dairy farms and mastitis, a painful infection of the udders, runs rife. Mixed into that bottle of 'white stuff' is likely to be a cocktail of pus and blood cells from infected udders and antibiotics used to keep the cows 'healthy'.

It is not only animals who suffer: dairy products are now known to be a major allergen and can cause a range of symptoms such as stomach cramps, migraine and excessive mucous production, as well as contributing to much more serious diseases including kidney stones, childhood diabetes and breast cancer. Millions of people around the world recognise they are 'lactose intolerant' and avoid all dairy products for health reasons.

Said Animal Aid Director, Andrew Tyler:

"This time we're rooting for the farmers. We would be delighted if the blockade goes ahead. Cutting off the supply of a product that causes pain to both humans and animals can only be a good thing."

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For more information contact Andrew Tyler or Claudia Tarry on 01732 364546.

We have an ISDN line for broadcast-quality interviews.

For background information on the dairy industry see the suffering of farmed cattle and our milk e-leaflet
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Losers! I think theyve got too much time on their hands. How many of them actually have been to a farm before? Its not in our best interests to mistreat cows-happier cows = better performance!Id love to show some of those guys around our farm (mitent b tidy but theyl see wat realy goes on & wat the animals mean to us!!!)
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Anybody been involved or know how the protests have gone today ? the obvious websites seem void of information .
My milk has been picked up but if there is a knock on effect that some farmers dont get there milk picked up who stands the cost , could get tricky.
Summer, with school holidays and harvest to me is not going to help FFA get massive support and i think they need it . I could of tried harder to find out i suppose but none of my usual contacts knew what to do or where to go today i was throwing them dam wet tyres around anyway , again.
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