This Country Reports 1,002 Dairy Farms Closed In The Last Three Years

Reading about the closures of more than 1,000 dairy farms in this country due to a dramatic price decline down to about 10 pence a litre which is less than the cost of production is on the one hand definitely bad news for farmers who struggle to just survive. However, on the other hand considering the fact that consuming milk has a hazardous impact on one’s health it challenges people to look for alternatives with outstanding health benefits such as almond milk or coconut milk just to name a few. It’s still a tragedy that dairy products are praised to be healthy although the exact opposite is the case.

“Nearly one in 10 dairy farms across England and Wales have closed in the last three years, an industry body has reported.

More than 1,000 have closed since June 2013, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

North Yorkshire lost 89 farms, the highest total of any county, while Berkshire saw the greatest rate of decline with a third of farms closing.

The board said it was concerned by the milk price paid to farmers.

An AHDB spokesman said some farmers were still paid about 10 pence a litre less than the cost of production, despite protests by the National Farmers’ Union last year.

The board said North Yorkshire had lost more than one in seven farms over the period, while Berkshire had lost seven of its 22 farms.

In total, 1,002 farms have closed over the three-year period.

Yorkshire dairy farmer Jeremy Holmes said traditional dairy farming was “in a mess”, with “far too much milk on the market”.

He said he had survived by buying a vending machine to sell raw milk on his farm at Denby Dale near Huddersfield at £1 per litre – about three times the price paid by supermarkets.

Regulations mean raw milk can only be sold on farms, which means supermarkets cannot compete with producers.

Mr Holmes added: “You are connecting yourself with the consumer directly, and it’s literally the freshest milk from the cows.”

Supply and demand has led to the cost of milk plummeting across the UK.

going vegan health benefitsNumber of dairy farm closures between Jul 2013 – Jul 2016

Farmer-owned dairy Arla has teamed up with Asda and is launching a £1.50 four-pint carton of milk, where 25p will go back to the dairy co-operative.

David Christensen, whose Oxfordshire farm produces 5,000,000 litres of milk for Arla a year, said: “It has been really tough over the last two years, supply and demand have really been out of balance.”

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  1. Stephanie M. Flores Reply

    Sad for the people but its inevitable. When u start to give people mire than just one choice u start to also educate them. Knowledge is power and many have realized that a glass of milk or a burger is not worth the life of an aninal. Not to mention tye health benefits of a plant based diet are incredible

  2. Dinie Madsen Reply

    Sorry but feel no sorry for this farmers, I feel sad for the animals who have a horrible life because of people who need their milk and meat, let them close all dairy farms and open vegetable farms!

  3. Daniela Federico Reply

    All things have a begining and an end. The dairy industry is reaching its end. Time to evolve they have had a very long run, have made their money on the souls of trillions upon trillions of animals. Just wish we were educated sooner as to the manipulation of societies belief that dairy was actually goid for us when it is not. Think of how many life’s could if been spared

  4. Cathy O'Brien Reply

    Cow’s milk is for calves, NOT for humans. So glad to read that dairy farms are closing. Dairy farmers value money more than the welfare of animals. SICK.

  5. Dorothy Ann Reply

    Can’t wait for these cruel farms to be shut down! Hope they all go to hell in a hand basket for the extreme cruelty they have perpetuated on millions of animals, and continue to! Veal, milk, tortured cows! How these “farmers” sleep at night, I will never know!

  6. Dianne Feldman Reply

    And cow’s milk and all animal products are really bad for you.. I haven’t had any meat for almost a year and went Vegan about 3 months ago.. When doctors say eat a good diet they really mean fruits and veggies!!!!!

  7. Linda Ardell Reply

    So many heartless vegans. Never mind the fact there are families who were already struggling, who can no longer provide for their families. This is why I never call myself a vegan. So disheartening to see these animal lives being favored over humans. Can’t even take you all seriously. Wow.

    This is why vegans are frowned upon by others…

  8. Dissa Peer Reply

    Good!!! Those farmers need to switch it up. Start growing almond trees or other nut trees. The world needs them more than puss filled milk.

  9. Jeffrey R Lacroix Reply

    What’s heartless, as a business owner they should be aware of the future of their product and adjust. Apparently, they weren’t paying attention to what was going on with their product or refused to believe it was actually happening. There are so many alternatives available now for farmers they could of easily switched to a produce base farm. Oh, well don’t feel sorry for them. Change is coming if they can’t see it then it’s their fault.

  10. Christian Lucy Reply

    Milk is unhealthy, unethical and unsustainable. You’re surprised that vegans don’t feel bad for people who promote unhealthy, unethical and unsustainable industries?

  11. Laurie Kaplan Reply

    they can choose to firm something else. about supply and demand. progress. hides them in government build out the dairy farmers anyway

  12. Lia Bobieo Reply

    Reinvestment assistance needs to happen for the sweaty brows of American farm owners that are under informed about how to move their life saving a or liquidity into more deversified options than just their acres.

  13. Beth Guthrie Reply

    well if they have land they can do other types of crops I think when you have to be creative you will be more so, its a win win for all

  14. Virginia Catherine Hart Reply

    You are a complete idiot if you are actually sad for these people who profit off raping abusing and stealing milk from a mother and her babies . I seriously hope you don’t have children!!

  15. Kate Auslen Reply

    They can find another job, just like anyone else!! WHats wrong is us being forced to financially support an industry that does so much harm.

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