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Milk imports up, dairy farms down

Two contrasting stories highlighting the absurdity of our agricultural system:

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Britain milk imports hit record

The number of cattle in Britain fell by 200,000 in 2007
Britain is having to buy in a record million litres of fresh milk daily from Holland, Belgium and Northern Ireland.

The shortfall is because so many dairy farmers are going out of business, with two a day leaving the industry due to low prices and high costs.

Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7666462.stm
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Dairy Farmers enters receivership

DFOB is responsible for 10% of UK milk production
Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFOB), which employs 2,200 people and is responsible for 10% of UK milk production, has appointed receivers.

DFOB is an agricultural cooperative with 1,800 member farmers who supply over one billion litres of milk a year.

Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8082105.stm