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Arla to pay farmers MORE for milk!

by Rod Kebble

A poster produced by Farmers Weekly, calling for a fair price on the [supermarket] shelf and a fair price on the farm.

The BBC has reported that the milk processor Arla Foods UK has announced that it will pay the dairy farmers supplying its milk an extra 2.5 pence per litre, with effect from 1st October 2012, bringing the price to 29.5p per litre.

This good news has a particular significance for Mike and Bev Clear at Pierrepont Farm, as the members of the Milk Link processing cooperative, to which they belong, voted earlier this year overwhelmingly in favour of a merger with Arla — though the merger still awaits regulatory approval. Milk Link imposed a 2.5 pence per litre cut in the price of liquid milk in June.

The announcement coincides with news that a voluntary code of practice has been worked for the dairy industry, following demonstrations and blockades by farmers of processing plants. The government has said it will step in if the code of practice fails to deliver price security for farmers.