The dairy processor has written to its suppliers to urge ‘co-operation’ in a milk volume reduction plan to help prevent non-collection of milk off farms due to Covid-19 impacts.
In a letter seen by Farmers Guardian, Muller operations directior, Rob Hutchison, said: “Following discussions with the MMG Board, we are requesting all farms that supply us to reduce milk production by 3 per cent immediately until the end of May.
“All farms (aligned, Muller direct and organic) are required to make this reduction and the timing is key to prevent the need for the introduction of further and more serious measures.”
The letter recommended members dry off cows earlier than planned, reduce feed rates, feed whole milk to calves (subject to Johne’s protocol), use lower quality silage and sell cull cows.
Mr Hutchison added: “We are confident we are best placed to support our farmers during these times of unrivalled uncertainty and we thank you in advance for playing your part in working together with us.
“As soon as we can lift the volume reduction requirement we will be in touch again - this could be before the end of May.”