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MILK-NEWS

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Dear dairy farmers and interested parties,

As this dry spell continues for us producers, the situation on individual farms is becoming increasingly dramatic. From every country, there are daily reports of farms being forced out of business. For a while now, this has not been the case only on small farms, but the so-called "growth farms", which invested heavily in the lead-up to the end of milk quotas, are also being affected. One also cannot forget the many young farmers, who expanded their production facilities and can no longer pay their bills.

European dairy farmers will not be able to survive much longer on current milk prices. It seem to us milk producers that the EU is consciously letting its dairy farmers die out; what else can explain the total lack of structural measures for the dairy sector? When will Agriculture Commissioner Hogan finally understand that the situation is dire?

At our recent general assembly in Montichiari, the irritation of the member associations at the apathy of policy-makers was palpable. As a result, demonstrations and events are going to take place in various European countries on November 12 to tell those responsible loud and clear that we need real solutions, not an aid package!

On the day of action, Italian milk producers are going to mobilise against the destructive dairy policy with their tractors. Our member organisations have also announced major demonstrations in their respective countries. We milk producers want to make ourselves heard all over Europe on November 12!

For months now, milk prices in Italy have been at rock bottom and we - like colleagues in other countries - have not been covering out costs. A recent study has calculated an average price of 42.61 cents/kilogramme of milk in Italy for 2014. Subtracting EU subsidies, the price would be 38.92 cents. Further details about this cost study are included in this newsletter, together with the usual updates about the situation in different countries.

There is, nonetheless, some good news to report from the World Expo in Milan. Our organisation APL was part of the EXPO for the 6 months from May to October 2015 with its project "Buono e Onesto" (the name for Fair Milk in Italy). We were able to present our brand to a large audience and were also able to make important contacts for distribution and thus the future of our milk producers.

Roberto Cavaliere, EMB Board Member and President of APL Italy

12 November 2015: Day of action with strong protests against ignorant EU milk policy

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The crisis in the milk market has been able to spread like wildfire because there is no crisis instrument to counter it. Every country in Europe is affected – all dairy farmer fight for their survival and for the preservation of milk-producing regions.

 

 

 

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Presentation of the latest milk production costs in Italy

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Current press release from 14.10.2015

Study shows costs averaging 42.61 cents/kilo of milk for 2014.

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Spain: prepared to start new actions

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The situation of the dairy sector in Spain can be described as a total market failure, where dairy farmers have no guarantee that all their milk will be collected and have to compete with the prices of industrial surpluses. The reason why we are in this situation is the ineffectiveness of the industry, which seems to rest on its laurels, only specialising in drinking milk, without trying to generate products of high added value.

 

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Netherlands: Fear of phosphate rights

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At the moment, Dutch milk producers, like all their colleagues, are having to cope with a milk price that is far too low to cover production costs. Furthermore, Dutch milk producers worry about the measures that have been announced with respect to the manure policy that will affect them all financially.  

 

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Germany: Disputes about export strategy

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Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt has invited representatives from the agro-food industry to an Export Summit on October 14 in Berlin to discuss ways to increase the export of German dairy products to international markets. Development organisations and dairy farmers have clearly stated that they are against increasing exports as a possible solution to the dairy crisis.

 

 

 

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Great Britain: Co-ops behaving like corporate groups

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European farmers need to take proper control of their co-ops, with the exception of Finland. It is Farmers For Action’s understanding that Finland is one of the few if not the only country in the EU whose co-op CEOs / managers receive a minimum salary plus bonuses equivalent to those paid directly to their farmer members on an annual basis, not to mention Finland’s top milk prices until the Russian import ban.

 

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News from Brussels

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Superlevy - Twelve Member States exceeded their 2014/15 milk quota

Twelve Member States – Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland - exceeded their national milk quotas for deliveries in the 2014/2015 quota year by a total of 2 938 000 tonnes, and must therefore pay a surplus levy totalling roughly € 818 million.

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