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 Post subject: Milk Prices And Protests
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:24 pm 
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Dairy farmers son here. Been to college, work elsewhere, dad retired.

These milk protests, why? I understand that people get frustrated by low prices for what ever your selling and understand that supermarkets do seem to have their suppliers over a barrel,no matter what they are supplying. I also understand that people have a huge emotional investment along side their financial investment in their farms.

And here come the but.

The ex farm milk market is a free market subject to the law of supply and demand like every other. Loads of stuff about and no demand = low prices, not much stuff about and loads of demand = high prices.

What good do (some) dairy farmers think they are doing going into supermarkets and buying all the milk off the shelves, or parking their tractors outside some milk processor or another, or complaining on the radio that they can't make any money? When the price of feed, fuel, or any of their other input crashes through the floor for the same reasons milk has, do they offer a bit more so the people can stay in business? No they don't, they take advantage of it.

All protesting does is make the dairy industry look like it is run by a load of country bumpkins that have no idea how business works. What they should be doing is working together, not to force prices up by being aggressive louts, but by making people fall over themselves to buy milk or milk based products. But all that happens is they won't work together because one farmer is getter 005ppl more than the next one.

Get yourselves together, approach a marketing company and go out and sell your milk.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:14 am 
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I think the list of totally free markets would be woefully short.

Folks usually get upset when they feel somebody has their thumb on the beam.

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We've taken on an existing milk round with a supplier from 15 miles away & will soon be pasteurising & bottling ourselves. We have about 120 customers, the previous farmer stopped the round as he can't get anyone to deliver it for him & he is now making much more money from his micro - brewery

I think it's a better way of spending our time than going to supermarkets

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That's encouraging to hear Rog :thumright:

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I'm really pleased to hear that someone is managing to bypass the supermarkets. We still have a milkman deliver here but as a family of four we still only have two litres of milk a week. I know his other customers are spread thinly as I hear him driving around at 4am (don't ask :roll: ). How does anyone make a living out of that?

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We're not expecting to get rich but £1 a litre in a bottle on a doorstep is much better than < 20 p in the tank.

Non homogenised with cream on top is the plan and fresh, not 2-3 days old before it's pasteurised.

We've also had interest for ice cream making for outlets in Stratford on Avon & Warwick

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rogerm wrote:
We're not expecting to get rich but £1 a litre in a bottle on a doorstep is much better than < 20 p in the tank.


I don't know where you are but it's 130 miles from Stratford on Avon to my place. I'll have four pints a week thanks. Oh, and could you put the bottles down on the step quietly please?

Do Blue Tits still nick the cream off the top?




http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/blue-tits-and-milk-bottle-tops

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Flintstone wrote:
rogerm wrote:
We're not expecting to get rich but £1 a litre in a bottle on a doorstep is much better than < 20 p in the tank.


I don't know where you are but it's 130 miles from Stratford on Avon to my place. I'll have four pints a week thanks. Oh, and could you put the bottles down on the step quietly please?

Do Blue Tits still nick the cream off the top?




http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/blue-tits-and-milk-bottle-tops


I don't think they can open a plastic lid.

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Agree entirely Pret... and with regards to Mac's comment on free market - it never used to be a free market. Quotas were used to keep supply limited and therefore prices high; they ended and now the UK is producing 2% more milk than it was last year. :roll: And they wonder why the price is on the floor...


Anyway, good for Rog. You are the only one who can affect your destiny, and no doubt there is a market for local milk for ice cream etc. People in Stratford have loadsa money! :lol:

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Flintstone wrote:
rogerm wrote:
We're not expecting to get rich but £1 a litre in a bottle on a doorstep is much better than < 20 p in the tank.


I don't know where you are but it's 130 miles from Stratford on Avon to my place. I'll have four pints a week thanks. Oh, and could you put the bottles down on the step quietly please?

Do Blue Tits still nick the cream off the top?




http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/blue-tits-and-milk-bottle-tops


Depends on their size........................... :roll:

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Coltheox wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
rogerm wrote:
We're not expecting to get rich but £1 a litre in a bottle on a doorstep is much better than < 20 p in the tank.


I don't know where you are but it's 130 miles from Stratford on Avon to my place. I'll have four pints a week thanks. Oh, and could you put the bottles down on the step quietly please?

Do Blue Tits still nick the cream off the top?

http://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/blue-tits-and-milk-bottle-tops


Depends on their size........................... :roll:

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Ffuking Budget Van Rental.

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Hertz Van Rental was a Dutch painter.

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Hertz Van Rental was a Dutch painter.



Yeah................didn't he paint 'Lesbian Torture' and 'Gay Boys in Bondage'???????????

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Coltheox wrote:
dust n diesel wrote:
Hertz Van Rental was a Dutch painter.



Yeah................didn't he paint 'Lesbian Torture' and 'Gay Boys in Bondage'???????????

Yes, as illustrations in your autobiography.

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