Dairy analyst accuses farming organisations of ’dozing at the wheel’
Dairy analyst Chris Walkland has accused farming organisations of ‘dozing at the wheel’ when it came to spotting when the milk market was due to turn.
"The first signs that something positive was materialising in the market came at the end of April, and by mid-May it was clear the market had turned. I tweeted this and the response was pathetic."
He said organisations such as the NFU should have started ‘manoeuvring for price increases’ in May, but the first major calls for price action did not come until July.
Mr Walkland said he did not blame Muller for not moving.
"If there had been more lobbying of buyers like Muller sooner, then would prices have moved in September? I can not answer that categorically, but I would say there would have been a far higher chance."
The NFU declined to comment saying it did not want to enter into ’a war of words when what we really need is a united front’.