Contracts High on Milk Committee Agenda

NFU Scotland’s new Milk Committee met for the first time today (Wednesday 3 April) to discuss a range of issues facing the industry

The new look NFU Scotland Milk Committee discussed a full agenda including Brexit and product promotion, but the single most important issue being milk contract regulation.

NFU Scotland Milk Chair John Smith was joined by newly elected Vice Chair Gary Mitchell and Milk Policy Manager Stuart Martin and Policy Manager George Jamieson, to welcome all the new and returning members of the committee and to tackle the pressing topics facing the industry.

With Defra and the devolved governments set to consult on contract regulation in the summer, the Milk Committee have set high importance on the subject of milk contracts and the positive impact it could have for members.

NFU Scotland believes contract terms including pricing mechanisms, volumes, exclusivity, duration, termination, variations and dispute resolution must be agreed and freely negotiated, not imposed. The consultation will seek opinions on how to sensibly achieve this.

In order for the Union to answer this consultation robustly, and to be fully representative of members’ views, it will be looking to host a serious of roadshows for dairy farmers off the back of the consultation.

Full details of the roadshows will be made available following on from the consultation being released, as NFUS seeks to get a full view of as many opinions from dairy members across all the regions.

NFU Scotland Milk Chair John Smith said: “As the discussion of milk contracts move forward it is important that NFU Scotland is at the very heart of any decisions being made and that we are fully representing our members.

“Mandatory milk contracts could have a hugely beneficial impact on dairy farmers throughout the country and I believe is something we, as a Union, need to push for if we are to improve the marketplace for our members, in collaboration with our milk purchasers.

“The roadshows are going to be a fantastic opportunity for us to get out into all the regions and have an open dialogue with dairy farmers. It is important that we are continuously updating members as well receiving feedback from them.”


Notes to the Editor
•    A picture from today’s Milk Committee meeting will be available by e-mailing

Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4059

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 45/19

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