NFU Cymru Milk the Price of Milk

UK - Although UK milk prices have seen a fairly substantial increase over the last year, so too have the costs of fuel, fertiliser and feed needed to produce the milk in the first place.
calendar icon 29 April 2008
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Latest figures report that the cost to produce a pint of milk is now over 26 pence on average. In response farmers are being urged to secure better terms and conditions for their product by the National Farmers' Union Cymru.

Gwyn Jones was using his visit to West Wales to promote the NFU dairy contract which the NFU believes can be used as a template to bring greater fairness to the relationship between milk producers and purchasers.

Mr Jones said: “This contract is not about settling old scores or bringing instability to our sector, it is about bringing fairness to the relationship between milk producers and their milk purchaser. It is about having a contract fit for purpose, bringing greater collaboration to our industry and long term stability for both producer and purchaser.”

The NFU contract has been produced as a guidance document for producers and their representatives to use in negotiations. Gwyn highlighted the need for producers to ensure that within any contract the way the milk price is calculated is clear to all, he said, “The milk price and how it is calculated must be written into the contract and must not be changed without proper negotiation between all parties, no more should we have to contend with the likes of retrospective price changes.”

Mr Jones concluded: “No other industry would ever consider signing the contracts we do, I urge every milk producer whoever they supply to, co-op or PLC, to empower their representatives to use the NFU draft contract to deliver positive change in 2008.”

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