Staff from the Cogent Group will add their support to the dairy farmers’ campaign for a fair price for milk by travelling to London to attend Wednesday’s planned demonstration (on 11 July).
A contingent from the Cogent Group – comprising Cogent Breeding, World Wide Sires UK and Dairy Daughters – are keen to show their support for the farmers’ plight by adding numbers and weight to the Westminster demonstration.
“We all know the plummeting milk price presents a desperate situation to dairy farmers and we are keen to do whatever we can to alert the wider community to the seriousness of their plight,” said Hugh Pocock from the Cogent Group.
“The British public expect, deserve and currently enjoy dairy produce from a premier league farming industry with the highest standards of production, health, hygiene and animal welfare.
“But we need to do whatever we can to ensure the public, the government, retailers and processors understand this is all under threat under the current price-cutting regime.
“These cuts not only jeopardise the farming industry, the British countryside and the fabric of rural communities, but they also threaten the security of the UK’s food supply,” he adds.
“I’m certain the coalition government does not want to preside over the decimation of the UK’s dairy farming industry, but we need to make them aware that this will be the consequence of their failure to step in if a fair price cannot be restored.
“The prices proposed by the latest round of cuts are lower than those paid in the mid-1990s when production costs were a fraction of those incurred today.
“We are all well aware that the situation for many is critical and we wholeheartedly support the farming unions’ call for the abandonment of price cuts both imposed and proposed since spring.
“Staff at our Cheshire and Somerset offices have never taken this type of action before but they can see the severity of the situation and that family farms and rural communities are under grave threat.”
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