A press release from the Arthur Rank Centre

Arthur Rank Centre calls on churches to support British dairy farmers. Following the recent announcement from First Milk to delay payments to farmers,the Arthur Rank Centre is calling on churches to pray for and support dairy farmers. “The number of dairy farmers has halved over little more than a decade,” said Arthur Rank Centre CEO Jerry Marshall. Prices are at their lowest since 2007 while costs have risen 36%. On top of this, the recent announcement by First Milk that they are delaying payments by two weeks, presents significant cash flow difficulties to their suppliers. British Dairy farmers are facing an exceptionally difficult time so we are calling on churches to pray for the industry, said Rev. Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.”Give thanks for the vital food that dairy farmers produce, pray for those struggling because of the present low prices and pray especially for those farmers who sell their milk to First Milk whose pay cheques have been delayed. “Churches can also support the industry by buying British dairy products,” said Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England.  When buying milk, butter, cheese and yoghurt look for the red tractor logo which tells you it is a British product.Church members could also show their support through choosing to buy milk from supermarkets that pay a fair price to farmers.

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Prayer.
Loving God we give you thanks for all the food
that is produced for us by farmers every day.
We thank you especially for milk, a vital food,
which we don’t always fully appreciate.
We pray for dairy farmers and the particular pressures
that they face at this present time.
We remember farmers under pressure because
of low prices and late milk payments,
may they know the peace of your presence.
May we consumers never take our
food for granted and may we value
and support those who work tirelessly to feed us.
This we ask in Jesus name,
Amen.
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