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Dairy battle goes on - collaboration is key

After the rally in Lanark on 30 July, NFUS along with other organisations have sought to emphasise that dairy farmer collaboration is vital. They are highlighting how the united message from dairy farmers in recent protests has been critical in their success to date, but that dairy farmers need to continue to work together. In the context of a supply chain dominated by powerful processors and retailers, fragmentation of the dairy farmer voice would be disastrous. NFUS are therefore asking dairy farmers to explore ways of collaborating through the new umbrella organisation of Dairy Farmers Together.

At the same time, however, many dairy farmers have sought to maintain the pressure on certain retailers and processors. There was a three-prong attack on middle ground retailer Farmfoods' depots at Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Warrington in Cheshire and Solihull, near Birmingham on Monday 6 August. The Cumbernauld action saw more than 200 Scottish producers and their families, armed with tractors and trailers, prevent any movement in and out of the store's depot for six hours.

 

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