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Dairy Farmers Together

Farmer collaboration is key to developing a fair and balanced dairy supply chain that genuinely works for all involved. Many farmers have signed up to support Dairy Farmers Together but we need more.   Attached is a copy of the sign up form.   Please pass this on to any dairy farmers who you know and encourage them to sign up.   By signing up a dairy farmer is giving his support for change and will be kept informed of the work that is being done.  If you would like to register to receive information from Dairy Farmers' Together, please complete and return the attached form or click here to complete the form online.

Briefing - Highland Show - Dairy Briefing - 19 June 2013

Business Guide Update 25/13 - Milk Market Update - 3 June 2013

News Release 63/13 - Union Calls for Scottish Diary Marketing Group - 8 May 2013

NFUS Submission - Scottish Dairy Review - Have Your Say - 7 May 2013

Business Guide Update 16/13 - Dairy Update - Market issues, with particular reference to cheese - 22 April 2013

Briefing - Dairy Market and Policy Update - 18 March 2013

Business Guide Update 43/12 - Dairy Update - Markets & Contracts - 19 December 2012

News Release 151/12 - Milk Contract Code Must Be Adopted - 18 December 2012

News Release 149/12 - Contracts and Markets Must Deliver for Dairy - 13 December 2012

News Release 132/12 - Dairy Challenges and Opportunities Top Agenda at UK Farming Unions’ Talks - 14 November 2012

Business Guide Update 38/12 - Dairy Update - 9 November 2012

This latest guide from NFU Scotland updates dairy farmers on milk market movements, milk production, milk prices and the voluntary code - Dairy Market Update - 23 October 2012

News Release 108/12 - Time for Code of Practice to Deliver for Dairy - 3 October 2012

The dairy industry Voluntary Code of Best Practice (vCoP) looks to address the long-standing issues between milk purchasers and producers on contracts. NFUS has produced the attached guide to the main points of vCoP including recommendations on base milk price, pricing adjustment, variation of contract terms, non-exclusivity and termination. 

There has been a lot of talk on producer organisations but little information.   To help fill that gap attached are two papers that have been produced by SAOS (Scotland's experts on farmer co-operation and food chain collaboration).

Comparing Dairy Co-ops and POs
Getting to Grips With Dairy POs

We expect to do the following in the next few weeks on behalf of those who have registered with Dairy Farmers Together

  • Produce a step by step guide to illustrate how a producer group could turn itself into a producer organisation and detail some of the benefits and disadvantages of making this change.
  • Produce a step by step guide to illustrate how producer organisations could be grown from individuals coming together.
  • Explain the benefits such developments would bring.
  • Give more information on the benefits that co-ops provide to the industry and how these structures may be developed and grow over time in order to increase bargaining power and returns for dairy farmers.
  • Outline if there are benefits of developing a Scottish Brand for domestic and international customers.

Scottish dairy farmers have been left reeling by recent price cuts which have left many businesses questioning their future in producing milk.  However, NFU Scotland is adamant that Scottish consumers want Scottish milk and dairy produce and is working to ensure that those milking cows in Scotland have a healthy and sustainable future in the industry.

This website page will update you on action the Union is taking to achieve this:

MPs debated the dairy crisis at Westminster on Thursday, 13 September.  To read the NFU Scotland briefing for politicians, click here

News Release - Export Opportunities for Scottish Dairy Industry - 9 August 2012

Briefing - Dairy Crisis – Update on NFU Scotland Action - 8 August 2012

Around 600 dairy farmers attended NFU Scotland's rally in Lanark on 30 July.  At that meeting, producers backed the formation of Dairy Farmers Together.  Dairy Farmers Together will develop collaborative marketing options and a roadmap for progress including a move to Producer Organisations; it will work with coalition partners to develop joined up collaboration within the UK and it will report back to all farmer supporters as soon as initial scoping is complete.  If you would like to register to receive information from Dairy Farmers' Together, please complete and return the attached form or click here to complete the form online.

News Release - 79/12 - Huge Turnout at Lanark Dairy Rally - 30 July 2012

Briefing - Dairy Crisis - Update on NFU Scotland Action - 27 July 2012

News Release 78/12 - First Milk Show Milk Price Leadership - 26 July 2012

News Release 77/12 - Dairy Day of Action Planned for Tomorrow - 25 July 2012

News Release 76/12 - Dairy Farmers to Rally at Lanark on Monday - 25 July 2012

News Release 73/12 - Pressure Mounts for Price Cut Reversal - 23 July 2012

News Release 72/12 - Scottish Consumers Thank NFUS 'Dairy Godmother' - 20 July 2012

NFU Scotland's 'dairy godmother' will be delivering 300 free pints of milk to households in the Edinburgh area tomorrow (20 July) to raise awareness of the threat to future supplies of fresh Scottish milk and dairy products.  This is the postcard that will accompany each free pint.

Welcome support from the Convener of the Church of Scotland for our milk campaign.  You can see it here:

News Release 71/12 - Retailers Must End Crippling Approach to Dairy - 18 July 2012

Briefing - Dairy Crisis - Update on NFU Scotland Action - 18 July 2012

News Release 69/12 - Paice Challenged to Tackle Milk Pricing Debacle - 17 July 2012

News Release 68/12 - Dairy Farmers Won't Bottle on Milk Prices - 9 July 2012

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