Protests over the price paid by supermarkets to milk suppliers spread today as cows staged a series of lightening strikes. Around the country herds of cows held back their milk claiming poor rewards and working conditions in the dairy industry.
Friesians for Action (FFA) spokeswoman, Daisy, said: “People don’t appreciate what it takes to get their daily pint on the shelves. By the time everyone else has taken their cut there’s not much left for us poor cows, plenty of grass but sod all money to be honest.”
“I put roughly 168 hours a week into producing milk and I’m outside in all weathers. You learn to put up with the slaughter of your little boys and Tom the farmhands rough way with those cold suction cups at six in the morning, but enough is enough. Keeping five stomachs on the go doesn’t come cheap and it’s time we got a fair deal. Mind you, this action is bloody killing me, I’m fit to burst”.
Meanwhile, in Wales more than 200 cows attended a mass meeting to voice their concerns about the low returns they get. Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, mooooo, mooooooooooaaaa seemed to be the general consensus of those attending. Militant cows, such as Buttercup and Latte, called for more direct action, suggesting a day of trampolining to disrupt milk supplies by turning it into butter.
As rain threatened there were fears the cows could stage a sit-down protest until swift intervention from Carmarthenshire Police. As the herd dispersed police officers from the local tactical support group could be heard ordering them to “move along now you little ‘effers” sparking angry chants of ‘no whey pigs” from the cows.
Elsewhere plans are already in place to make a film of the cows protest provisionally titled “Milk-maid in Dagenham”.