DAIRY farmers turned out in force at a milk processing plant in the region as they delivered on their promise to stage protests.
Around 100 farmers descended on the Dairy Crest site in Foston on Wednesday night as they made it clear they were not prepared to accept the current levels they are being paid for their milk.
Lorries loaded with milk bound for supermarkets across the region were prevented from leaving by the protesting farmers.
It saw a return of the scenes that dominated the industry last summer when farmers were successful in their bid to stave off a cut to the amount they would be paid for their milk.
But they always said the move would only keep them satisfied for so long, and rather than just a freeze on prices, what they were looking for was assurances of a rise.
Renewed tensions have been bubbling under the surface for weeks with farmers growing increasingly frustrated at milk processors’ refusal to specify when they will deliver on promised price rises.
Farmers For Action’s Staffordshire and Derbyshire co-ordinator Paul Rowbottom promised protests would continue until they get what they want.
He said: “We got our message across. There was about 100 farmers there and milk wasn’t getting in or out.
“There was no problem. The police came, obviously they were not happy we were blockading.
“There was about 22 or 24 ‘artics’ which were blocked and the milk didn’t get to the supermarket - or it didn’t get there on time.
“We’ve asked them to come and talk to us and we will go back again until we get milk prices where they should be, and that’s all we can do.”
Many farmers insist the current levels of pay are seeing them barely break even and that their businesses unsustainable as a result.
Mr Rowbottom added: “There is talk of October, possibly November, but some are saying November, December. But what we’re saying is we want the money now.
“We don’t want to protest, but if they are daft enough to force us to, then we will.”