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Organic Market – Dairy
OMSCo report May by Huw Bowles.
The weather continues to have a significant impact on organic milk supplies in Wales. Like for like supplies from the 72 organic producers supplying OMSCo for April was down 1.7% on a year ago whereas in February it was 7.4% higher reflecting members expansion over the period. The effect of the weather could therefore be a near 10% reduction. On the sales front, things are still sluggish with no real movements up or down, which is comforting to some extent given the experience in other sectors. OMSCo's TV advertising campaign has another burst of activity over the coming weeks and we remain confident and committed to growing the market by trying to attract the large numbers of potential organic consumers we are not currently reaching.
M&S 'fair price' plan rewards dairy farmers for healthy herds
Dairy farmers are to be rewarded for maintaining healthy herds for the first time under a new payment method that offers bonuses for high standards of animal welfare. Marks & Spencer will unveil the scheme next week, agreeing to pay a "fair price" to producers which reflects production costs as well as the retail price of milk, and provides incentives for improving animal living conditions.
The Guardian (24 April)
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