The Scottish Liberal Democrats and NFU Scotland have called on the Scottish government to do more to help the dairy industry, after Milk Link last week revealed plans to close its Kirkcudbright dairy.

The Lib Dems described Milk Link's announcement of the closure - in which up to 121 jobs could be lost as a result of milk facility consolidation - as "the latest in a series of worrying announcements for Scotland's dairy industry".

Falling production and plant closures were damaging farmers' confidence and putting the £264m Scottish dairy industry under threat, according to NFU Scotland.

"The Scottish government must get retailers, processors and producers around the table and work to deliver a whole chain approach that maps out a profitable and viable future for everyone involved," said NFUS vice president Allan Bowie.

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