“The Government itself declined to comment directly on the intensification issue but said that an over-supply of milk on the world market was partly to blame for the sharp fall in milk prices and therefore increasing production was ‘not the answer’. ‘It’s about increasing the great things we do with that liquid milk.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986357/the_march_of_the_industrial_megadairy_is_this_the_future_of_milk.html)
DEFRA once again offers penetrating insight that an over-supply will not be solved by increasing production and that milk is liquid.
“In reaction to pressure on [milk] price, some farming leaders are encouraging a move to intensive dairy farming; keeping cows indoors all year, in so-called zero-grazing units or mega-dairies.” (http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/08/compassion-calls-for-reform-of-dairy-industry/)
When the price slump is a result of reduced global demand, producing more is radical logic. Perhaps it needs more weedkiller…
“More than a quarter of spending on organic products (27.9%) is in the diary aisles, with yoghurt sales increasing by 13.8% and milk by 2.9% – in stark contrast to the 3% contraction of the non-organic dairy market.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/organic-uk-food-sales-defy-market-downturn-to-rise-4-percent-2014)
If your non-organic dairy’s contracting, that’s hard cheese.
“After years of investigations into the big supermarkets using their muscle to squeeze farming suppliers, … frequent sharp and unpredictable rises and falls in milk price are driving dairy farmers out of business every week.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/20/fine-supermarkets-unfairly-squeezed-milk-suppliers-mps)
A supermarket representative resolved to squeeze them till the teats squeak.