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Milk hot tub stunt prompts price increase
SUPERMARKET firm Lidl has agreed to pay more money to dairy farmers after a protest outside a supermarket.
The aim of the stunt, at the Lidl supermarket, in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, yesterday was to highlight the low cost of milk crippling dairy farmers and to create more public support.
Many supermarkets, including Lidl, have cut milk prices by 4p a litre and farmers say they are now making huge losses.
Catherine Alderson, 26, said the cuts were devastating her family and said she wanted to take part in the demonstration to raise the profile of the cause in North Yorkshire.
She said: "The cuts are massively affecting my family. My parents do not employ staff on the farm, so they have to work all hours to make ends meet."
Craig Bentley, from Kepwick, near Thirsk , said: "Last year I invested £250,000 on new milking robots because I wanted to invest in my future and I thought that future was secure.
"I wouldn't have spent it if I knew this would happen."
A Lidl spokesman said: "We have been monitoring the difficult situation facing dairy farmers as a result of the price cuts and we have taken the decision to pay an additional two pence per litre from August 1."
Protest organiser Tim Gibson, who runs dairy supplies firm Tim Gibson Limited in Bedale , said: "This is a move in the right direction, but farmers need the full 4p at least."