Dairy event to hear from expert

Scotland’s dairy farmers are being encouraged to go along to a meeting in Kilmarnock, aimed at raising awareness of the current and future situations of dairy markets and learn how to capture a fair share of the rewards.

The event, organised by NFU Scotland, will hear from analytic commentator, and dairy expert, Chris Walkman and well-known Scottish dairy farmer Rory Christie, an active NFU Scotland member.

Taking place on Wednesday 30 November at the Fenwick Hotel, the evening will start at 7.30pm and is sponsored by Harbro.

Chris will provide an insight into the current market situation as well as looking to changes in the future; whilst Rory will focus on his current role with the Milk Supply Association sharing what he has learnt with the view of inspiring better producer representation.

Graeme Kilpatrick, Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Dairy Committee commented: “Our priorities have long been to ensure farmers receive a fair share of the market value on dairy products. Currently we don’t believe we do.

“Over the last two years we have suffered significant pain because there is a continued lack of value transparency or transmission, poor contracts and discretionary pricing.

“We need market information we can trust, and farmers must get a fair share of the value in dairy, through collaboration and unity. We are the weakest link in the chain, but without milk there is no chain.

“We look forward to welcoming dairy farmers to the event to hear from the influential speakers, which will allow them to gain insight into the dairy industry and practices to help them build their businesses in the right way going forward.”

The Dairy Directions event takes place at the Fenwick Hotel, Kilmarnock, on Wednesday 30 November at 7.30pm. No booking is required.

With several milk processors across the UK committing to an increase in the price they pay to producers, NFU Scotland is calling for others to follow suit north of the border.