Shropshire dairy farmers told to hand in their notice to buyers

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Shropshire's dairy farmers have been told to immediately hand in their notice to their milk buyer as the battle for increased milk prices intensifies.

Farmers listen to David Hanley, from Farmers for Action, at their meeting in Market Drayton

David Handley, chairman of campaign group Farmers For Action, said dairy farmers have a 'unique opportunity' to end a year-long battle in which they claim they are not making any money from the industry.

And he refused to rule out further protests like the ones outside Muller Wiseman headquarters in Market Drayton last year.

Mr Handley was speaking at meeting attended by around 150 farmers held at Market Drayton Cattle Market last night.

He said without milk, buyers such as Muller Wiseman, Arla and Dairy Crest will not be able to produce their products.

He said: "All of you should be handing in your notice to your milk buyer with immediate effect, that's the only way these businesses are going to listen. You have a unique opportunity, demand for milk is out stripping supply. I'm going to be very hard on you tonight. For too many years you have sat back and done nothing. If they haven't got milk they haven't got a product.

"If we don't put a stop to this now it's never going to stop."

From June 1 farmers supplying Market Drayton-based Muller Wiseman will get 31.5p per litre.

But it will still leave them short of the current cost of production, which is said to be 32p a litre.

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