Berkhamsted dairy farmer can’t go on

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THE price of milk is so low that a farmer, who says he runs the area’s last dairy farm, has decided to sell off his herd.

Kevin Fancourt of John’s Lane Farm, in Berkhamsted, does not want to auction off the cattle that have been in his family for 40 years but simply has no choice.

He needs to earn 32 pence a litre to keep going but since the price went down from 27 pence to 25 pence he has decided to auction the dairy cows on July 3.

He said: “I’m happy to produce food for the nation and I don’t understand why they don’t want to pay for it.”

“We don’t want to lose the cows but last winter when we received 27 pence a litre and we needed 32 pence we struggled on but now the cows have really become our pets, we’re not making money.”

One of the core problems comes from farmers not being able to set the price of their products and having to accept the amount supermarkets give them.

With rising costs of diesel and feed coupled with the falling prices they get, Kevin, who runs the farm with his wife Brenda, has to find additional ways to make money, such as the farm shop they run.