The Government response to the consultation into the remit of the Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA), published in February 2018, included the proposed measure of “introducing compulsory milk contracts between producers and purchasers to help protect dairy farmers by setting out clear terms, including the price for the delivery of milk, the timing of deliveries, the duration of the contract, details of payment procedures, and arrangements for collecting and delivering raw milk”.

Consultation on that proposal is now expected in 2019 and the four UK farming unions are urging all dairy farmers to engage and speak up for a more effective dairy supply chain, with fairer terms for farmers. The Unions have reiterated their support for regulated contract terms and we will be extensively consulting with our members when the consultation is issued, in an effort to rebalance where the risk currently sits within the dairy supply chain.