Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow is to write to the chairman of First Milk about the “devastating impact” on Shropshire farmers of deferring payments for milk.
“We have been extremely concerned to learn of the pressure which has now been placed on dairy farmers who are members of First Milk, as a consequence of deferring their payments for supplies of milk and reducing their net payments through capital contributions and price cuts.
“The feedback we have had from farmers is that these policy changes within First Milk will have a devastating impact on farmers’ cash flow and the future sustainability of their business.”
Councillor Barrow added: “We recognise that these actions are a consequence of extremely volatility on the global dairy market and we will be speaking to stakeholders in the county, such as agricultural suppliers and banks, to encourage an understanding and sympathetic approach to transactions with farmers impacted by market volatility and the actions of First Milk.
“Shropshire Council aspires to see sustainable and profitable dairy supply chains, which start with efficient and profitable dairy farming businesses. Dairy is vitally important to the Shropshire economy and Shropshire Council will be looking for all opportunities to assist farmers, by developing the dairy industry.
“I will therefore be writing to Sir Jim Paice to make him aware of these very serious concerns.”
TAP – A recovery strategy for the industry would be to stop supplying the supermarkets, stop spraying glyphosate, produce and sell less milk at much higher prices for safe and nutritious consumption, selling direct to consumers. Produce all cattle feed on the farm, guaranteeing nothing is GM. It’s time to stop worrying about DEFRA, stop filling in their stupid forms and get out and about selling raw milk. It’s legal to sell it from the farm, but not to supply shops with raw milk. Politicians should make it legal for anyone to sell raw milk, and the public should be educated that unpasteurised real milk made from healthy cows fed from healthy soil is the way to health. Pasteurisation is a con, depriving the people of the health they should be enjoying.
When humans moved into colder climates, they moved with their animals. From them came their clothes (leathers and wool), much of their food and their health. Raw milk gives a supply of Vitamin D, and it has powerful anti-viral properties, keeping colds and flus at bay. Central heating doesn’t cut it for keeping winter viruses at bay, while raw – real – milk does. Once people have a source of real milk, they don’t want to go back onto pasteurised.