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Video: Farmer reveals harsh reality of falling milk prices as cows sent to slaughter

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Farmer says she is being forced to cull cows due to sustained low milk prices
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Nicky Harris, of Meadowtown, near Shrewsbury, will pick up to six of her 57 cows for slaughter
Nicky Harris, of Meadowtown, near Shrewsbury, will pick up to six of her 57 cows for slaughter

A dairy farmer says she is being forced to send some of her animals to slaughter due to the ongoing milk price crisis.

 

Nicky Harris, of Meadowtown, near Shrewsbury, will pick up to six of her 57 cows for slaughter to pay for bills which have spiralled because of sustained low milk prices.

 

 

Last year Ms Harris launched the Mammoth Effort social media campaign to help highlight the plight of dairy farmers and to try to persuade supermarkets – who she blames for the continual low prices – to increase the price they charge for milk.

 

The campaign has been supported by thousands of people and more than 1,000 have signed an e petition calling for a ‘fairer price for milk’ and ‘persuade supermarkets to charge more for it’.

 

She said: “It has cost so many lives now because farmers can’t face selling their cows and losing their herds. I just can’t believe the price of milk has dropped this low in such a short space of time.

 

“The supermarkets are causing a major problem by charging so little for milk. Why when the British public keep saying they are prepared to pay more for it?”

 

Ms Harris, who farms with her brother and father urged farmers in similar situation to seek help from farming charities including Rural Support.

 

  • Contact Rural Support on 08454 505888 or the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

 

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