Dairy girls hand milk price petition to Downing Street

The Dairy Girls: Judith Chapman,Andrea Chapman, Emma Chapman, Barbara Welford with the petition and Angela Hutchinson.

The Dairy Girls: Judith Chapman,Andrea Chapman, Emma Chapman, Barbara Welford with the petition and Angela Hutchinson.

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Farmers For Action are planning to hold a march in London next Wednesday (23 March).

The event is intended to represent all sections of the farming industry and it is being billed as a ‘celebration of farming’.

The organisers are keen to show the general public why farming is so important to the countryside and to the wider economy.

They also want to draw attention to some of the difficulties currently being experienced by so many

The March will make its way to Trafalgar Square where farmers will hand out marketing material and talk to the public and hopefully get some media coverage.

It will then go to Downing Street where a small delegation will be given access to 10 Downing Street in order to present a letter to the Prime Minister outlining farmer’s concerns for the industry.

Last summer farmer’s wives in the North Yorkshire and Cleveland area got together to form an organisation called #dairygirls.

They were active at a number of local shows, talking to the public and drawing attention to the poor milk price and the threat that this represents to small family-run dairy farms.

They drew up a petition calling for a fair price to be paid to farmers for their milk. This was signed by over 5,000 local people and a further 58,000 people signed an online national petition.

This petition will be taken to London next week and presented to number 10.

A spokesman for the group said: “It is sad to see that since this petition was drawn up and signed in August of last year that the milk price has dropped even further and looks set to decline more over the next few months.

“Farmer’s organisations hope that the London March will help to persuade the government that it must take action to support farmers and preserve the British farming industry.”