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Friday 7th September 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheDairySite Editor

Charlotte Johnston

Direct Action and Dairy SOS - A Success Story

Earlier this week, Jim Begg, Director General of Dairy UK said that direct action was not the way forward to resolve farmer concerns over milk prices. However recent results suggest otherwise.

With price cuts and market volatility, as well as increasing costs of production threatening the UK dairy sector, the industry has pulled together and in two months achieved something never being seen before.

Last week, a voluntary code of best practice on contractual relationships between milk buyers and dairy farmers was agreed by the industry.

July saw three thousand dairy farmers attend an emergency summit in London, after major processors announced further price cuts.

Action then escalated, with normal, hard working dairy farmers peacefully protesting, demanding change and saying enough is enough.

Peaceful protests included demonstrations and blockades outside processing plants and retail stores.

Action outside supermarkets saw consumers get on side and the SOS Dairy campaign became a success story, explained Peter Kendall, President of the NFU.

"Whilst direct action played a huge role alongside the negotiations and talks, this campaign worked because it had society behind it and public support," he said.

The story hit national media, keeping it alive whilst difficult negotiations were taking place between industry, processors and retailers.

The sheer amount of farmers willing to show up to protests told the public that producers were fed up with the status quo. These events together gave out a strong message and made a compelling case, Mr Kendall said.

In the future, he hopes that the industry will continue to work together so there will be no need for protests.

Whilst not condoning direct action, Mr Paice, former Minister of Agriculture said, that had he being a dairy farmer himself he may have well joined the picket line.

With a 10-point plan in place for the dairy sector, the voluntary code of practice coming into play and Arla announcing that it will reverse August price cuts, could thing be finally be picking up for the UK dairy industry?

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   European Union

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