Farmers across Shropshire have given a mixed reaction after dairy giant Muller Wiseman revealed a record increase in the price it pays out to farmers for supplying milk.
The 2.57p per litre increase comes at the end of a summer of bitter protests which saw dairy farmers blockade the Market Drayton firms of Muller and Wiseman Dairy in July.
But while the rise has been welcomed by many farmers, others have said more still needs to be done.
Former Whitchurch dairy farmer Paul Wynn, who used to supply Muller with about two million litres a year until he sold his 200 cows in April because of declining milk prices, said the announcement did not go far enough.
He said: “It’s a step in the right direction but I was getting 28.5p a litre from them six months ago.
“All they have done is put the price down, and now back up to a little bit more than it used to be.
“The average cost of production now is closer to 31.5p a litre.”
Andrew Bebb, who farms near Hanwood, said it was ‘good news’, but still not enough to allow many farmers to break even.
But Nigel Morris, from Picklescott, near Church Stretton, said that farmers could not expect anything more in the current climate.
More reaction to the deal in today's Shropshire Star