NFU Scotland has warned that the traditional daily ‘pinta’ could
be at risk as UK milk production sinks to its lowest level since
Figures from the Rural Payments Agency have shown that between
April 2007 and March 2008, milk production in the UK fell to
13.2 billion litres. The figure has fallen from the 2006/2007
figure of 14.1 billion litres. Sources indicate that the last
time production was this low was in 1971 when the UK produced
12.9 billion litres of milk.
This reduction in the amount of milk being produced by Britain’s
farmers is happening against a backdrop of the consumption of
milk and cheese actually increasing. In the last 12 months, milk
consumption has increased by around 3 per cent and the demand
for home-produced, local milk and dairy products is also increasing.
Those buying, processing and retailing milk need to wake up
to the fact that security of supply is no longer guaranteed.
So, unless action is taken to increase production, the UK could
be seeing shortages of British made milk, cheese and other dairy
Willie Lamont, NFU Scotland Milk Committee Chairman and a dairy
farmer from Ayrshire, said:
“We aren’t far off a situation whereby shoppers
may not find the full range of British dairy products on the
shelves. Shortage is a real threat.
“The demand for fresh milk and quality cheese is climbing
and farmers want to play a part in giving the public what they
“In addition, the UK population has increased by over
4.5 million since 1971 so we are attempting to cater for a far
higher number of people with the same amount of milk. This is
“Dairy farmers are giving up milking cows because to produce
milk is, at best, borderline profitable. People are starting
to say enough is enough and are leaving the industry.
“If we want to ensure that the UK population can continue
to find the fresh milk it needs for its cornflakes and the cheese
for its dinner table, then all those involved in the dairy chain
must pay dairy farmers a price that allows them to remain in
business and invest for the future.
“We are at the real crunch time now – if something
isn’t done soon to address the issue then we may all be
needing to change what we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
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