Dairy Crest has announced that due to “extreme weather conditions” it will put in place a supplementary payment of 0.5ppl from 1 September 2018 for its Davidstow farmers.
The British-owned dairy company’s main consumer brands are Cathedral City, Clover, Country Life and Frylight, and it currently works with some 330 farmers in the South West.
The payment will be reviewed on a monthly basis and has been agreed with Dairy Crest Direct, the independent representative body for the dairy farmers who sell their milk to Dairy Crest.
Chris Thomson, group procurement director, said: “We are acutely aware of the challenges our farmers are facing at the moment due to the extremely hot and dry weather and we are pleased that we can support them during this difficult period.
“Following the increase in the August milk price, we do not believe the current market conditions warrant a further uplift at this time and we will therefore hold our milk price at 30.4ppl for September”.
DCD chairman, Steve Bone, added:“With the increasing challenge on farm due to weather, we welcome the support from Dairy Crest and their recognition of the situation.”