Ribble Valley farmers join milk price protests

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Farmers from the Ribble Valley have been continuing to protest against poor milk prices by meeting outside the gates of milk processors in the region.

They have been joined by allied trades such as Clitheroe animal feed firm Dugdale Nutrition, local agricultural engineers, fertilizer reps and others who supply goods and services to dairy farmers, as their businesses and many jobs rely on dairy farming and agriculture.

Many of the protesting farmers have met at Gisburn Auction Mart, or sought the last minute information of destination to leave their farms after evening milking and travel to Leeds or Manchester, returning to their farms for morning milking.

Peaceful protests have been held at the Arla processing plant at Stourton, Leeds on two separate occasions with the latest protest at Wisemans in Manchester with protestors staying for the duration or however long they were able.

It is amazing that such adversity has brought together social gatherings of farmers, their families, and allied trades. Respecting the area as if in the countryside, protestors have even cleared up any rubbish before leaving quietly at a suitable time, allowing for their point to be made.

This is surely the big society in action.

In true community style, the local farmers had even enlisted support from Fork and Knife refreshment van from Pendle Trading Estate in Chatburn who travelled to both Arla at Leeds, and to Wisemans at Manchester where they stayed the duration with the farmers. 

The farmers are adamant protests will continue until a fair milk price is secured that is well above break even costs to allow for ongoing and essential investment costs to also be met, and welcome support from all dairy farmers and others from allied trades.