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RABDF Welcomes Arla’s New Milk Sourcing Model

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed Arla’s new milk sourcing model which it believes should create a precedent for other processors to follow suit.

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I“Arla’s announcement is good news for all dairy producers and it reflects the processor’s response to consumer concerns for farmers’ future which have been successfully raised by the coalition in the last three months,” comments RABDF chairman, David Cotton. “The model supports the voluntary code of practice, and Arla promises open discussions with farmer supply representatives.

“We also commend Arla for announcing its plans for a comprehensive study in to the cost of production drivers. This is very timely since we are to shortly re-launch the RABDF Independent Guidelines for Dairy Costing Schemes which will revisit the the true cost of milk production including farmers own salary, family labour and pension allowance. We are looking forward to the opportunity to working with Arla.”

He adds: “Arla is first out of the blocks. Its milk sourcing model is literally a step for all processors to follow suit in the sector’s quest to build long and lasting relationships for the dairy industry’s future.”

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