Sir; The price paid to dairy farmers for their milk is indeed a grave concern. However, of equal concern is the failure of the EU to enforce a level playing field.

The Irish government is planning a €100m subsidy to help reorganise Irish dairy. The fact Brussels cleared this does not make such grants economically defensible nor deal with the adverse consequences for British farmers.

Then there is the issue of the freedom to consolidate. Countries such as Denmark, have quite evidently benefited from government support and acquiescence for the building and development of their farmer-owned co-ops such as Arla Foods.

The precariousness of the state of British dairy farmers cannot be overstated. The much-needed gains in efficiency can only be achieved if profits are enough to pay for investment. And there has been no profit for too long.

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