French National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) is warning the country will most likely have a shortage of milk in the coming months as a result of the severe drought affecting the country.
“To make milk, you need fodder, mainly alfalfa and corn, which have grown little this year,” said Yannick Fialip, breeder and president of the economic commission of the FNSEA.
“We have animals, which are usually in the meadows during this period, which have nothing left to eat. It is necessary to bring fodder stored this spring, which was intended to feed the animals in winter… We are hitting stocks. This is something unusual for us. We are very worried about the ability of many breeders to be able to feed their herds throughout the 2022/23 winter.”
FNSEA is asking for the price of milk to increase further because at this point it’s 20% cheaper than in other European countries.
They are also urging the government to activate the disaster funds, reserved for this type of situation, so that the fodder is 50% financed by the state.
Otherwise, many breeders will choose to go out of business.
Featured image credit: Ian Sane
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