Politicians Meet Welsh Dairy Farmers

Three Welsh politicians have met farmers from First Milk, the UK's largest dairy farming co-operative, as part of a fact-finding mission on the challenges facing the Welsh dairy industry.

Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones AM, Carmarthen MP Adam Price and Welsh MEP Jill Evans visited the Landeilo farm of Rhydian Davies, a First Milk farmer member, who milks 150 cows.  

They were joined on the farm by First Milk farmer directors, Mansel Raymond from Pembrokeshire and Richard Twose from Carmarthen as well as First Milk's farmer representative for South Carmarthenshire, Ogwyn Evans.

The visit was aimed at building the politicians' understanding of the First Milk farmer co-operative business and to enable them to experience first hand, the challenges that Welsh dairy farmers are facing in the current economic climate.

"All three politicians have a good understanding of the issues being faced by the hundreds of dairy farmers in Wales.  This visit was about outlining the further support that the dairy industry needs, from all corners of Government, whether that is Cardiff, London or Europe," explained Mansel Raymond.

For further information, please contact Jill Coyle, First Milk communications manager on 0141 847 6884/07825 625205.