The NFU and FFA (Farmers For Action) have joined forces to lobby for a better future for dairy farmers. The two parties have finally buried their differences after more than a decade of low milk prices and of many farmers continuing to lose money, despite rising market prices throughout 2010.
NFU President, Peter Kendall, and dairy board Chairman, Mansel Raymond, met with Farmers For Action Chairman, David Handley, to discuss the crisis in the industry.
Both organisations will focus on calls for DEFRA to back the European Commission's High Level Milk Group report released last June which identified a number of areas the commission should address to help stabilise markets, improve producers' income and enhance transparency.
The NFU and FFA have also agreed to tackle the issue of milk prices with processors and retailers to secure better returns across the dairy sector.