LONDON, October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - Some UK dairy farmers have been forced to destroy tens of thousands of liters of milk due to rising costs, labor shortages and An acute deficit in truck drivers who have strained supply chains, farmers said.
A shortage of workTheir post-Brexit, exacerbated by global tensions from the COVID crisis, has wreaked havoc across supply chains for everything from fuel and pork to poultry and bottled water, making fear that growth will be hampered.
A fourth generation dairy farmer who owns a Holstein Friesian herd in central England has been forced to throw away 40,000 liters of milk in the last two months when no driver has come to collect it.
"It 'cut, it ' s emotionally draining when you produce milk and at the end of the day you have to unplug and it has to go away "said the farmer, who asked not to be called due concerns about the impact of the negative on entrepreneurs.
The farmer was forced to destroy four loads of milk duringthe last two months due to shortages although in an entire 45-year career he remembers only doing it two or three times before - and then because of bad weather.
The UK produced 15.3 billion liters of milk last year, so supplies are not yet threatened, although the destruction of the milk shows the extent of the workforce issues straining supply chains across the country.
MILK IN DISTRESS
The very thin margins and perishable nature of milk mean that supply shocks are quickly felt by dairy farmers, according to Peter Alvis, president of the Royal Association from British Dairy Farmers, the industry body that lobbies for the interests of farmers.
"I don't think things with theGlobal supply chains have re-established themselves after the pandemic, and the shortage of truck drivers is having a pretty big impact, "he said.
Alvis said that wasted milk has so far been limited to a few incidents, although it is difficult to get precise data.
As a sign of pressure on the dairy industry, many farmers have had to turn to challenge dairy services, small businesses have been set up to buy milk from lower prices and transport it to other outlets in an effort to prevent it from being thrown away.
Rob Huntbatch, 38 years old, collects the milk for half its normal price and turns it into curd, and usually has two hours from when a farmer calls him to collect the milk before it is thrown away.
In Cheshire alone, Huntbatch saved 160,000 liters of milk in September - an increase of 100,000 liters from the previous month - but still has not was able to save 80,000 liters.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg " said Huntbatch. "I think it will get worse - in winter, if it 's snow, drivers slow down, and it ' s going to have even more of an impact.
Uncertainties around the transport of milk are combined with soaring costs for farmers. Fertilizers used to grow feed for cows have skyrocketed along with natural gas prices, and electricity prices are also on the rise.
Henry Bloxham, 61- A Staffordshire dairy farmer, one year old and owner of 250 cows, says his fertilizer prices have risen 150% in three weekses and that fuel has increased by 10pence per liter in the last week alone.
If costs continue at current levels, he says 'he will consider leaving the industry by next April.
"If we are to continue paying these costs, you will see a mass exodus dairy farmers next summer, "he said. Edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Jon Boyle
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