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Some dairy farmers are having to throw away thousands of litres of fresh milk due to disruption to the supply chain caused by coronavirus. There is concern that some dairy farms may go out of a business, which could result in a milk shortage when demand returns after the pandemic.The National Farmers’ Union has called…

Some dairy farmers are having to throw away thousands of litres of fresh milk due to disruption to the supply chain caused by coronavirus.

There is concern that some dairy farms may go out of a business, which could result in a milk shortage when demand returns after the pandemic.

The National Farmers’ Union has called for a crisis meeting with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs “to take immediate steps to ensure the sustainability of the dairy sector”.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs says it has already put some measures in place to support the sector and would continue to work closely with farmers and the NFU.

The BBC spoke to one farmer based in the West Midlands.

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