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Fears over future of dairy jobs

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Administrators say the supply of milk is important.

Dozens of jobs could be at risk at a Lincolnshire milk depot after the cooperative that owns it went into administration.

Workers at Boultham Park Dairy in Lincoln must now wait to see if their jobs can be saved after the Dairy Farmers of Britain cooperative failed.

Farmer Philip Ranyard, of Croft, near Skegness, said he did not know what would happen to his milk now.

Administrators Price Waterhouse Coopers want to keep milk supplies flowing.

Mr Ranyard said he was in a difficult position.

He said: "Tomorrow morning I shall have 3,500 litres of milk to be collected.

"We don't really know where it's going to go and what we're going to get for it.

"For all we know, we think we've lost a month's worth of milk that previously was sent and we don't have any idea what we're going to get for what we send today or tomorrow."

Dairy Farmers of Britain is a broad-based dairy co-operative, owned and governed by its farming members.

Price Waterhouse Coopers said in a statement they were working to keep the milk supply chain going.

Their statement said: "Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFOB) has experienced very challenging trading conditions in its liquids business.

'Keep supply flowing'

"Efforts to sell the liquids businesses continue, but the DFOB Board was unable to identify a viable way forward given the trading losses and the inability to pay an economic milk price. As such, they were left with no option than to invite the appointment of receivers.

"We will be focusing all of our initial efforts in working with the DFOB key suppliers and customers to keep the daily collection and supply of milk flowing.

"This will not be easy, but with the help of key hauliers and our customers I hope to be able to collect and distribute the vast majority of DFOB milk."

Inquiries at the Boultham Park Dairy were directed to the administrators.

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