What interests me are the EU dairy farming statistics.  There are 590,000
producers in the EU I'm told.  On average, they are producing 199,000kg per
farm (x 1.03 = 204,970 litres).  This demonstrates what I have been talking
about for a long time.  Some producers must be well below 200,000 litres and
could be as low as 100,000 litres or less.  So we are still talking about a
large number of producers in the EU (making a living) with say 20 cows
producing 5,000 litres each.  In the UK, low milk prices caused by
underfunding (compared to our EU14 friends) have forced us to increase cow
numbers to survive. We now get the lowest milk price in the EU.

So we have just 22,000 producers left in the UK, producing 14bn litres.
THIS IS ABOUT 640,000 LITRES PER PRODUCER OR THREE TIMES MORE MILK THAN YOUR
AVERAGE EU PRODUCER!!

I interpret this as the UK has the most EFFICIENT, COST EFFECTIVE dairy
farming in the EU.  BUT we are being forced out of business because milk
from the EU14 (200,000 herds) comes into the UK CHEAPER than we can produce
it on our "SUPER EFFICIENT" UK farms.  The reason they can do this is simply
because the EU14 are more subsidised than the UK.  Their Governments pay
discretionary subsidies and match funded subsidies over and above those that
are available to the UK farmer. This unfair trade is set to destroy UK
farming in the same way EU export subsidies are destroying agriculture in
the Third World.

Meanwhile we have an inept UK Government, with no understanding whatsoever,
telling UK producers to go do something else if they can't compete in a
Single Market.  The Government is trying to CULL the most efficient dairy
farmers in the EU!!

So lets get farming back on track because it is still the backbone of the
Countryside!  Once this is recognised, the environment can be managed by the
farmers in accordance with Government/EU policy