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NFU Scotland's Milk Committee Chair Optimistic After European Study Trip

Source: The DairyNews
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NFU Scotland's Milk Committee Chair, Bruce Mackie, expressed optimism for the dairy sector and its opportunities despite the challenging drop in the UK milk price. Mackie, along with Milk Policy Manager Tracey Roan, joined counterparts from NFU, NFU Cymru, and Ulster Farmers' Union on a two-day study trip to Brussels.
NFU Scotland's Milk Committee Chair Optimistic After European Study Trip

The group met with officials from Copa Cogeca, International Dairy Federation, European Dairy Association, German Farmers Union, Fonterra, and Eucolait, discussing various issues and sharing perspectives.

Mackie highlighted the importance of establishing relationships with other Milk Committee Chairs and Policy Advisors from fellow unions. The group addressed issues such as milk contracts, collaborating with Defra, and working towards common goals. Despite global challenges like climate change, the war in Ukraine, and supply chain issues, the dairy industry's problems are shared across Europe and beyond.

The visit emphasized the relevance of the UK Union's Brussels-based office, BAB, in dealing with one of the largest markets post-Brexit. Mackie noted the support and alliances within the European and wider international dairy industry, emphasizing the need to take advantage of these alliances. The study trip included meetings with representatives from Copa Cogeca, International Dairy Federation, European Dairy Association, German Farmers Union, Fonterra, and Eucolait, providing valuable insights into the dairy sector's future and challenges faced by farmers globally.

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.
13.06.2024
European politics are notoriously intricate, and the recent EU elections have highlighted a growing fatigue in the West towards socialist and urban-centric policies that impact agriculture and the agri-food sectors.
John Williams
John Williams
The Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) Chair
10.06.2024
This is probably one of the most significant numbers I have seen in the global dairy industry stats for a long time.
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