A meeting of all organisations that work with or advise dairy farmers is being held next week to look at ways of supporting these businesses under severe financial pressure now and in the months ahead.
The NFU, NFU Scotland and AHDB Dairy are to hold an ‘Allied Industries Forum’ at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Tuesday March 15.
“We intend to get different organisations – such as banks, farm consultants, feed advisers, vets, and farming charities – to openly discuss how we can all work together to support dairy farmers through this difficult period,” says AHDB Dairy strategy director Amanda Ball. “We want to improve visibility between us of what is available to help with short term business issues and fill any gaps.
“We want farmers to know where to go for help with the various challenges being faced. I know that no two farmers will be facing the same issues. Hence the aim of this day is to recognise the key challenges and how our respective roles can complement each other.
NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison adds: “With market prospects looking pretty bleak in the short term, we need to ensure farmers across the country are getting the best support and advice on what they can do to survive periods of market volatility and low prices.
“We know that there is a lot of support available and much to be gained from working together. We need to encourage dairy businesses to ask questions, seek help and take-up the support on offer.”
The NFU says the AIC is attending to represent the supply trades, with ForFarmers, Mole Valley Farmers and Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers. The initiative may be replicated on a more regional basis, which could allow more regional feed manufacturers and supply businesses to participate.
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