It\’s only going to delay the inevitable.
\”The united coalition group together with united dairy farmers, supported by the media and general public, have taken us up the first step towards a sustainable dairy industry, for the future of the next generation of dairy farmers.\”
Already the number of dairy farmers in the UK has gone down from 34,570 in 1996 to 14,500 today.
Dairy farming is becoming more efficient. We therefore need fewer dairy farmers. Propping them up through price fixing does not change this basic point. Those who can become more efficient will continue to do so: so the pressure on the price will continue.
Thus instead of a constant trickle of people leaving the industry (or perhaps more importantly, not entering it) we\’ll end up with a violent shake out at some point. Maybe not next year, perhaps not even this coming decade. But it will happen.
Is gradual change so much worse than violent such?