Rumours about new quotas, out-of-season milk bonuses and a 2c/l charge on additional litres spilled into the Lakeland catchment region this week. Farmers there speculated that 2019 could be a reference year for new milk.

The co-op’s spokesperson was quick to pour cold water on the topic when confronted by me, saying: “Since 2015, Lakeland Dairies has taken on some 300 new entrants. The policy of Lakeland Dairies has been to work with all new entrants and that continues to be the case.’