Following the recent launch of a long-awaited Dairy Contracts Consultation by Welsh Government, NFU Cymru has launched a series of virtual events to discuss the opportunities it brings for the sector with its members.
NFU Cymru has been working with partners at the NFU, NFU Scotland and the Ulster Farmers’ Union for many years to lobby for changes to dairy contracts so this is the start of a real opportunity for the sector to move forward.
The virtual roadshows will start with an all-Wales meeting on Wednesday 15th July at 1pm chaired by NFU Cymru Deputy Director and Head of Policy, Dylan Morgan with speakers NFU Cymru Deputy President, Aled Jones; NFU Cymru Policy Adviser, Dafydd Jarrett; Chair of NFU Cymru’s Dairy Board, Abi Reader; NFU’s Chief Legal Adviser, Nina Winter and Chair of the NFU Dairy Board, Michal Oaks.
This will be followed by virtual regional meetings, with speakers Aled Jones, NFU Cymru Deputy President; Dafydd Jarrett, NFU Cymru Policy Adviser and Abi Reader, Chair of NFU Cymru’s Dairy Board, as follows:
- Monday 27th July at 7.30pm – South East Wales chaired by NFU Cymru Monmouthshire County Vice Chair David Edwards
- Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm – South West Wales chaired by NFU Cymru Carmarthenshire County Chair David Gravell
- Thursday 30th July at 7.30pm – South West Wales chaired by NFU Cymru Pembrokeshire County Vice Chair Roger Lewis
- Tuesday 4th August at 7.30pm – North East Wales chaired by NFU Cymru Clwyd County Chair Dewi Jones
- Thursday 6th August at 7.30pm – North West Wales chaired by NFU Cymru Dairy Board Member Trevor Lloyd.
Chair of NFU Cymru’s Dairy Board, Abi Reader, said: “The launch of this long-awaited and important consultation on milk supply contracts will help drive change within the sector. At times when the market is under pressure, milk buyers often have the discretion to change contract terms and pricing mechanisms, even to introduce retrospective penalties and price cuts without negotiation.
“The recent Covid-19 crisis has seen many of these scenarios play out. Farmers were hit with price cuts at no notice, there was a unilateral implementation of A/B quotas, a lack of transparency over pricing and delayed payments, which left many businesses in an unsustainable position.
“This needs to change, and we must not waste this opportunity. We must work together for a positive outcome and that is why we have arranged these roadshows, to discuss this consultation with our members.”
All meetings will be virtual and anyone wishing to attend needs to register with NFU Cymru so joining details can be sent to you. You will be able to join these meetings via a computer or by dialling in. Please contact NFU Cymru on 01982 554200 or email bmZ1LmN5bXJ1QG5mdS5vcmcudWs= stating which meeting(s) you would like to join and you will be sent further details.