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Planned milk price cuts reversed

by Rod Kebble

Price cuts planned to take effect from 1st August have not taken place. Demonstrations and blockades by dairy farmers last month, along with messages of support from MPs and celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver appear to have played a part in the decision by milk processors not to proceed with the reductions in the amount per litre paid to farmers.

However, the cuts introduced at the beginning of June remain in place and it is still unclear exactly how and when the issue of how much farmers should receive will be resolved.

Mike and Bev Clear, the tenants of the CRT’s Pierrepont farm, sell their milk to Milk Link, a farmers’ cooperative, and were not due to be affected by the 1st August cuts. However, when Milk Link reduced payments to its members by 1.5 pence per litre in June, it said it hoped to hold the price at the new level only until 1st September, implying further cuts might be in the pipeline.