Following weeks of protest, there continues to be a wide range of activity on the dairy crisis.
On Sunday 22 July Richard Lochhead met with other ministers and farmer and processor representatives to secure agreement on the main points of a dairy industry Code of Practice on milk contracts. However the finer details of the Code will not be finalised until the end of August. The Code should mean that in future, contracts between farmers and dairy processors will be freely negotiated, fairer and more transparent with individual farmers able to negotiate contracts covering issues including pricing and notice periods and farmers will have the ability to leave contracts more easily if they are unhappy with the price they receive.
On Wednesday 25 July Jim Paice met senior management representatives from Asda, Morrisons and the Co-operative to discuss ways of ensuring the long term sustainability of Britain's dairy industry.
On Monday 30 July NFUS is asking dairy farmers to rally at Lanark market at 1.00pm to keep up the pressure on planned price cuts as well as working on longer-term solutions to the current crisis. Monday’s rally will update producers on progress made in these areas and also hear from the Cabinet Secretary. Others expected to attend include representatives from Farmers For Action