BBC Countryfile Magazine

DAIRY CRISIS

“In early April, more than one million litres of milk were thrown away on farm fields, with another one million litres disposed of in factories” Source: NFU/ADHD

WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS?

Production

This has dropped by around two million litres a day during lockdown – a 6% drop. “Things have settled down since the first three weeks of lockdown and we have seen a decent uplift in most dairy products,” says Chris Gooderham at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

“The price of milk dropped to just 5p a litre in April, though it has since risen to 10–15p. The break-even cost for a farmer is around 28p a litreöSource: ADHD

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