The NFU has now published a list of processors agreeing to give dairy farmers fair contracts, and is urging retailers and farmers to make sure they insist on their processors doing the same.
One year on from the #SOSDairy campaign, the union has revealed which processors have signed up to the Dairy Industry Code of Best Practice for Contractual Relations, ahead of the two-day Livestock Event at the NEC in Birmingham which starts tomorrow.
An advert in Grocer Magazine lists many of those who have signed up to the code, while those not signed up are detailed on the NFU website.
With more than 85% of the processing market signed up, and new statistics revealing the average UK farmgate milk price is up 4.9% on the previous year, the NFU believes the code has been a success.
NFU President Peter Kendall, said: “Without a doubt, the British dairy industry is in a better place now than it was 12 months ago, when price cut after price cut was forcing farmers to breaking point and there were genuine worries about the future of the industry.
“What we have done in the last year with the Dairy Coalition is to work really hard to get to a place where the industry can stand on its feet again, and the code of practice is a vital tool to ensure this happens.
“Signing up to the code means that farmers have flexibility in contracts they have never had before, encourages healthy competition within the market and also sends a clear message about the future of the industry.
“It gives confidence to people wanting to invest in British dairy and shows that people understand how important this industry is to the nation.”