Reuters/Ipsos MORI/Shutterstock A new report from the UK’s National Dairy Council says the dairy industry is facing a “worldwide shortage of dairy farmers” with a shortage of supply and the potential for a shortage that could last for decades.
The report, Dairy In The Shadows: The Future Of Dairy in the UK, said the UK dairy industry faces a shortage in the supply of milk and dairy products with an expected supply shortfall of up to 40 million litres annually by 2030.
It said there was a shortage for milk and milk products in other dairy producing regions, including the U.K., Germany, and Sweden.
“This is a situation that is expected to continue for many years to come, and it is the first time in the dairy supply chain that there is no immediate supply crisis,” the report said.
The council said dairy producers needed to be vigilant about keeping the supply chain as safe as possible, with a focus on the health and safety of all dairy workers and their families.
The dairy industry relies heavily on animal feed.
A significant proportion of milk is made from grass, and cows are milked every day for their milk, milk products and eggs.
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are produced with milk from cows.
The UK’s dairy sector employs more than 1.2 million people and contributes £7 billion to the UK economy.