Just as impressive as these two rapid business developments is the continuing progress being made by a farming family in Ayrshire whose commitment to dairying
dates from the 1960s.
Farmers who wish to stay in dairying
, and believe that with help they may have a viable future, are being offered the chance to talk through the options with an EFFP regional man-g er.
Mr Butler said Tenon is concerned that in many circumstances farmers are taking the decision to exit dairying
without a clear understanding of how alternative income will be generated.
He said: "Over the last few years, we have seen the gradual erosion of dairying
in the North East and I fear this closure will be another hammer blow for milk production in this part of the world," he said.
Their views on how they feel dairying
in Wales should progress to meet the challenges of the modern market place are also being sought.
ANGLESEY dairy and livestock farmer Tom Jones (right) received the Farmers' Union of Wales-HSBC Bank plc award for outstanding service to Welsh dairying
during last week's Welsh Dairy Show, Carmarthen.
Over the last few years we have seen the gradual erosion of dairying
in the North East and I fear this closure will be another hammer blow for milk production in this part of the world.
As part of the Dairy Strategy Group's review of the dairy sector, producers are being asked for information about production, and also for their views on how they feel dairying
in Wales should progress to meet the challenges of the modern market place.
Since the NFU launched its Survival Plan for British Dairying
in February, prices have fallen further still and the situation has worsened considerably.
She said: "Working on the garden has helped take our minds off dairying
, which has been so dreary for so long"It's so exciting to reach the final but we don't stand a chance of winning - the Anglesey garden is superb.
Milk-rich Carmarthenshire, the feature county at this year's Royal Welsh, is one of the most productive agricultural areas of Wales and dairying
was the core business of all the entries.
From a farming family, Vicki studied dairying
at Lancashire College and has worked on a number of beef, sheep and dairy farms in the area.