What does the future hold for dairy farmers? Young farmers are leaving the field. Is it up to the Commission to regulate more, and who is really milking the cash cow? Europarltv discusses the stakes with MEP Richard Ashworth (ECR,UK) and Sieta Van Keimpem
My son now works elsewhere 5 days a week. And I am on standby two to three days a week in the winter. And whenever it gets busy in the summer. I work in a concrete factory. I also do the odd job for a contractor. Whenever the milk price is very low, production has to be reduced. Adjusting the milk supply is the key. The only way to reduce costs is by scaling up. Scaling up means bigger farms and bigger herds, resulting in reduced labour costs per milk unit. Because labour costs are the biggest expenditure in the milk sector, it is the most effective cost-reducing measure. Some dairy producers are committing to going to the supermarket to sell their produce, once every 6 months. The manufacturers put their label on the bottle, carry out the sterilisation and take it to the shops. The supermarkets aim to build trust with the consumer, and pay us a better price. It shouldn't be less than 35 cents per litre of milk. That's a price that would allow us to have a satisfactory salary, to be able to invest in the future in a satisfactory manner and also allow for an improvement in working conditions for me and for those who work with me.