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Invitation to European milk strike events in September

Dairy farmers have planned major actions to commemorate the 10 and 11 years of milk strikes.


The tap is closed. As of this moment. We refuse to supply any more milk to our dairies and choose instead to pour it away!

In early 2008 and autumn 2009, thousands of dairy farmers across Europe decided to stop supplying milk. The rock-bottom milk prices and the indifference of industry and policy-makers in implementing a necessary reorientation of the dairy sector had enraged farmers and endangered their livelihood for too long. Desperate times call for desperate measures: strike!

To honour the courage of these dairy farmers who launched a Europe-wide dairy sector movement with their determination, actions and events are going to be held in a number of countries this September. 


France, 14 and 15 September

"2009-2029: Dairy farmers and their struggle". Looking ten years into the past and the future: In September 2009, hundreds of dairy farmers assembled together with 300 tractors in Mont-Saint-Michel and poured away 3.5 million litres of milk. What has changed since then? Will it be possible to earn a decent income from the milk price in 2029? To learn more, do visit the Cara-Meuh Festival in Les Viviers, 11, Route de Saint-Léonard, 50300 Vains, Normandy, France.

Round table "2009-2029: Dairy farmers and their struggle"

When: Saturday, 14 September at 11:30

Where: Stand 21 "10 years after the milk strike"

Conference "Understanding the dairy crisis"

When: Saturday, 14 September at 16:00

Where: Stand 7 "Le Poulailler"

Conference "What will we be eating tomorrow?" (CETA, Mercosur)

When: Sunday, 15 September at 11:00

Where: Stand 7 "Le Poulailler"


Sylvain Louis, President of APLI Nationale: +33 6 44 34 52 43
Florentine Leloup (for interview requests): +33 6 66 96 11 24


Belgium, 10 and 16 September

More than 3 million litres of milk were poured away on the fields in Ciney in September 2009. Once again, in 2019, thousands of tractors from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France are setting forth with their milk to protest the current milk overproduction. 

Press conference

When: Tuesday 10 September, 10:00 onwards

Where: Commemorative stone, N97, 5363 Ciney (50.313160°N, 5.125139°O), Belgium

Contact: Erwin Schöpges: +32 497 90 45 47

Big rally with 1000 tractors

When: Monday, 16 September, 12:00 onwards

Where: Commemorative stone, N97, 5363 Ciney (50.313160°N, 5.125139°O), Belgium

Contact: Erwin Schöpges: +32 497 90 45 47


We cordially invite you to these actions.

It will be possible to capture some impressive images and to interview those involved in the milk strikes as well.


Cara-Meuh Festival: programme and plan (FR)

10/09/2019: press conference in Ciney (FR)

16/09/2019: 1000 tractors in Ciney (FR)

EMB press invitation for September 2019

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