Robert Wiseman Dairy, now owned by German company MÃ¼ller, has agreed to scrap its planned milk price cut today.
After more than two weeks of campaigning by the dairy coalition, the NFU, NFUS, NFU Cymru, FFA, RABDF, TFA and the WFU, the last targeted milk processor has agreed to drop its planned price cut of 1.7ppl, leaving its price to dairy farmers at 26.43ppl.
NFU President Peter Kendall said todayâ€™s announcement was testament to the hard work from all members of the coalition working together with massive support from people up and down the country.
â€œI am immensely proud of what the coalition has achieved so far,â€ said Mr Kendall. â€œIn a little over two weeks we have seen the Co-operative, Morrisons and Asda agree to pay their farmers a price that covers their costs of production.
â€œWith todayâ€™s announcement by Wiseman/ MÃ¼ller, joining First Milk, Dairy Crest and Arla from yesterday, I am also pleased to say the planned milk price cuts by all of the major dairy processors have now been rescinded before the August 1 deadline. This was one of our key goals when we set out and we have achieved it.
â€œThis will bring some relief to dairy farmers who supply liquid milk to Arla, First Milk, Dairy Crest and Wiseman/ MÃ¼ller. But we will continue working hard behind the scenes to ensure these first steps turn into a longer-term, sustainable milk price for all dairy farmers. This canâ€™t be a short-term fix.
â€œSo, for the coalition the work continues. I am conscious that the milk price cuts from June are still in place but rest assured we will continue in talks with the processors to work towards returning that lost money. We will meet to discuss next steps.
â€œI thank everyone; farmers, members of the coalition, and shoppers for their support. We could not have done this without them.â€