Would you be willing to pay more for milk?

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Earlier this week some dairy farmers blockaded the supermarket Morrison’s distribution centres and also removed all the milk in some stores as a protest over the low price they are receiving for their milk. 

Currently the average price of milk has fallen to about 24 pence a litre and some farmers are getting as little as 15p a litre.  It costs them between 30-32p a litre to produce milk. Now Morrison’s have said they will also display milk on their shelves branded “Milk for Framers” that will cost 10p a litre more than Morrison’s own branded milk which will be displayed on the shelves next to theirs. The 10p premium will be paid to the dairy farmers.

What’s your view?  Would you be willing to pay more for milk from our dairy farmers or is price always key to your purchases?

Would you be willing to pay more for milk?

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Alicia
26th Oct 2015
1
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I would pay more if the farmers got the money but not if supermarkets got it.
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
1
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Blame the EU for all this. Brussels tells us we have to take in a certain % of milk from Europe. This causes us to have a surplus of cheap foreign milk. When we went in to the Common Market we did not know we would have to pay a subsidy to any European with a cow. Many French farmers who were not Dairy farmers went out and bought cows just to get the money we had to pay them as compensation for being in the EU. If we leave the EU we won't be forced to import milk and our farmers will have a level playing field. Yes milk may cost more, but that would be offset a thousand fold by the 30 Billion pounds a year we are made to pay into the EU coffers. That breaks down to £1.25 million an hour. Look what we could do with all that money. Hospitals, Social housing, Education, police and lots more. Britain is in debt and we are getting deeper in with every day we are part of the EU. So even if we do have to pay a little more for our milk it will be offset by the savings make across the board.
Trampas1955
25th Sep 2015
-3
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The farmers get enough subsidies. They all send their kids to private schools.
SHOEFLY
28th Aug 2015
3
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If we dont, we,ll end up importing it, and then watch the prices go up.
HJR58
25th Aug 2015
3
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Farmers work damned hard, many for little reward. We should support our farming industry and buy British and local produce!
celtwitch
21st Aug 2015
3
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Selling your produce at less than what it costs to produce is economic suicide, no-one with half a brain would consider such madness. But, this is the supermarkets calling the tune and the farmer has to dance to the tune, or he gets nothing for his efforts.
When they have driven our dairy farmers to bankruptcy the supermarkets will simply buy their milk from other EU countries and they may pay them even less.
I have no problem in paying more for my milk if it keeps our industry afloat and the farmers happy.
British is best, it always has been and it always will be...supermarkets willing!
Pete H
18th Aug 2015
4
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I would certainly be happy to pay a little more for British milk. No matter how efficient our farmers become they have absolutely no control over the price they sell milk at. Supermarkets cut milk prices as a loss leader to attract shoppers and our dairy farmers get hit in the pocket. If we want British dairy industry into the future then prices must go up or else dairy farms will continue to close at an alarming rate.
ftball
17th Aug 2015
4
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I have had cereals every day for 50 years. On odd occasions I have run out of milk so used water-terrible taste. Would I pay more for milk-of course its part of our daily diet...its like asking if you would pay more for bread-you need it. Also if its to help Brit farmers its got to be a good thing
Susievs
17th Aug 2015
5
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Yes we would be willing to pay a big more for "Proper Milk" fresh from our hard working farmers. How come we buy it in cheap and do not safeguard the British Farming Industry, it is very British and yes we have all but lost the milkman delivering our milk but please don't let us lose the lovely fresh milk they can produce. It certainly tastes so much nicer than the cheap supermarket brands. We have recently chosen to boycott the supermarket and buy direct from the local farm shop served by the local farmer. The milk is just delicious and you don't realise what you are missing until you taste the difference x
DaveInSomerset
17th Aug 2015
-5
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Dairy farmers already get, on average, £28,000 a year in subsidies which WE pay for from our taxes. Why should we give them this, let alone any more? What is different about their business? If my business could not run at a profit, even after such huge subsidies, I would chose another business, not expect handouts. It's a simple case of supply and demand and at the moment the farmers are producing more milk than the market wants to buy. People are realising that cows milk was designed as a food for baby cows, not for human consumption, which is why so many people with chronic diseases get better when they stop consuming dairy products. There's a huge range of very palatable non-dairy "milk" alternatives out there now. Add that to the fact that it's production is cruel and unnecessary, and hugely damaging to the environment (see Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret) and you will see why demand is, quite rightly, plummeting.
Pam Godin
17th Aug 2015
0
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I was listening to Radio Kent and a member of a government department was interviewed on this subject. He stated that farmers received a grant of £28,000 at the beginning of the year. This should go a long way towards the cost of milk production
Wilf
17th Aug 2015
3
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Doesn't sound a lot to me if you have a herd of cows to manage and a farm plus possibly lots of farm workers who need to be paid. I think they should guarantee prices.
angharad
17th Aug 2015
2
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The supermarkets use milk as a loss leader thats OK so long as the farming community is not expected to cover this, I know more milk is produced at this time of year due to the abundance of fresh grass and this forces the price down in the summer but when the supermarkets can sell it for 89p for 2lts and they and the middle man have made money on it there is not a lot left for the farmers
, who have the highest cost.
A heifer takes 2yrs keep till she first produces milk. This is dead money if she dies during calving, gets mastitis or just turns out to not produce milk of any quantity, the farmers lost, part of the farming way of life, the middle man & supermarkets just have profits.
Wilf
17th Aug 2015
2
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Yes I totally agree. Its the farmers who take all the risk in this and get the least amount if anything at all if the media can be believed!!!
Denise Pritchard
17th Aug 2015
2
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I would be very happy to pay more for locally produced Milk. If we don't support our farmers we will loose yet another industry in this country!
Lydia321
17th Aug 2015
5
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If we don't pay more then we will end up not being able to buy British milk. Just as I pay more for free range eggs so I would pay more for British milk
Beddaugirl
17th Aug 2015
2
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I would pay double and even treble for our homegrown milk. Our British farmers are the lifeblood of this country. Without them we could not exist. They have always had a raw deal when it comes to fair play from the EU and the big corporate companies. Why don't they put out to the country to buy shares in our British farming community, with the contributions going to the farmers to improve their farms and livestock. I am sure many many people woiuld be more than pleased to contribute to subsidise our own farmers. The trouble is that since we joined the common market most of the subsidies available have gone to foreign farmers. It needs to stay in this country.........
waihekeisland
17th Aug 2015
2
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Yes I am happy to pay more for a quality product. Would anyone else be happy to sell a product for less than it costs to produce it?, I don't think so.
Hannah5211
17th Aug 2015
2
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I would definitely pay more for milk provided the extra money goes to the farmers! A close eye would have to be kept on this! We have the best milk in the world and we should cherish this and support our dairy farmers!
Harebrain
17th Aug 2015
2
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I would pay TWICE as much if necessary! We have a quality product here on our doorsteps, the production of which shapes large parts of our beautiful landscape. It would be a crime to lose one of the things this country does best.
Wilf
17th Aug 2015
4
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That's a great point which I didn't even think about-dairy farms have shaped our countryside in huge areas of the UK and made them beautiful. We have farms around us in Surrey & Sussex and there is nothing more tranquil than to see lovely cows grazing in a field
pat48
17th Aug 2015
3
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I would definitely pay more. Dairy farms take years to establish. Once they're gone they're gone. Forever!
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I agree with Doreen Youngs comments if they don't sort this out milk will be in shortage as farmers can't carry on making loses they will go out of business then we would we be.
taffycake108
17th Aug 2015
3
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Yes I would be happy to pay more for my milk, as long as I knew it was going directly to farmers and not being creamed off( sorry about the pun) by processors and the supermarkets - don't trust either!
doreen young
17th Aug 2015
6
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No one should be expected to work for less than they paid out to produce the product,where would we be if this applied to industry
linda.mullin
17th Aug 2015
6
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Definitely. Should never have had to be in this situation in the first place!
JohnHerb
16th Aug 2015
6
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Yes of course. It makes my blood boil to see how the supermarkets are treating our diary farmers. Fair price for a great product!
Munsterlander
16th Aug 2015
6
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I would pay a few pence (10p) more for milk. Its an essential healthy drink for us all and surly we should be helping our farmers in the UK. They work hard and keep us alive with great food..

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