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Dairy Farming

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 203268, tabled on 1 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints his Department has received on the Dairy Code of Conduct.

Answered on

8 July 2014

Since its launch in October 2012, the Dairy Code of Conduct has helped to improve contractual relationships between farmers and their milk buyers. The Code was developed by the industry and now covers more than 85% of domestic milk production. I regularly discuss the Code with industry.

I am aware of some concerns that exist about the notice periods for farmers where there are any price changes and how these apply to dairy co-operatives. I have emphasised that any difficulties or suggestions for improving the Code should be raised with the Rt Hon. Alex Fergusson, MSP who is currently leading an independent review process.