Mansel Raymone, NFU dairy board chairman, has warned of a potential 'massive collapse' of the dairy supply base, if milk prices do not improve. He said a combination of 'scandalously'low prices, spiralling costs and forthcoming Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations were forcing many farmers to consider ahead of the next winter of indoor feeding.
UK milk production is currently at its highest level since 2006, due mainly to helpful weather conditions, but production is now under threat due to the ‘sheer frustration’ felt among dairy producers at the shortfall in the market, Mr Raymond said.
“We are going to have to keep the pressure on because if we do not get increases in prices right up with increasing costs, I hate to think what could happen. The danger is that a lot of farmers could leave the industry. We could see a total collapse this autumn,” Mr Raymond told NFU council on Tuesday, ahead of today’s NFU milk summit at Stoneleigh.