Leeds & West Yorkshire

Milk price row: Leeds dairy farmers protest at plant

Protesters at milk plant in Leeds
Protesters said the intended to stay at the Arla plant in Leeds until the early hours of Wednesday

Dairy farmers are protesting outside a milk processing plant in West Yorkshire as part of an ongoing dispute over milk prices.

About 150 farmers are at the Arla Foods plant at Stourton, Leeds, calling for a higher price to be paid for their milk.

The farmers said they would remain at the plant until Wednesday morning.

Protesters are being allowed five minutes to speak to each lorry driver as they leave the plant, West Yorkshire Police said.

The protest comes the day after dairy farmers and processing firms agreed on the broad principles of a deal in their dispute over milk prices.

Farmers are angry at cuts of up to 2p a litre in the amount they receive from major milk processors, which were set to come in from 1 August and follow cuts earlier in the year.

The finer details of Monday's draft agreement will be negotiated between the two sides over the summer.

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