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Dairy Farming

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on dairy farmers in (a) England and (b) West Derbyshire of the failure of Dairy Farmers UK; and if he will make a statement. (282450)

[holding answer 26 June 2009]: Dairy Farmers of Britain had 1,800 farmer members when they went into receivership on 3 June. Over 96 per cent. of their milk has found new outlets. On 17 June, 190 farmer members, including several in Derbyshire, had yet to find a new buyer, and the receiver was continuing to collect their milk.