U.K. dairy farmers launch protests

The United Kingdom group: Farmers for Action, have begun protests at milk processors expressing their dismay over continued cuts in farm milk prices.  Reports say 250 to 500 demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Muller Wiseman plant in Market Drayton on Monday after the company cut their pay price effective November 1.

The four major U.K. dairy companies have announced price cuts in the past week putting many farmers below the cost of production.  The pay price is nearing 27 pence-per-liter while break-even is put at 29 to 30 ppl.  Farm milk prices have dropped about 25 percent since April.  The companies say the cuts are inevitable citing increased European and global production which has outpaced demand leading to growing stocks and declining global prices.

UK farmers say their price is below that in other European countries and even New Zealand.  Farmers for Action says a second protest is planned for Wednesday at a plant in Bridgewater and more processors and supermarkets will be targeted in coming weeks.  The group represents about one-third of the U.K. dairy producers.

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