The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is calling for support from the Welsh government for Mona Dairy following news that its Anglesey cheese factory cannot “keep functioning in its current form”.

The cheese producer has said its key priority is securing a “safe home” for its 31 farmers and other staff, after failing to source sufficient short-term funding from its key stakeholders.

It remains hopeful for a new outcome in the coming days that will mean it can continue its operations, even if that means it is under new ownership.

FUW milk and dairy produce committee chair, Brian Walters, said the union is calling on the Welsh government for support in facilitating a positive outcome for the business.

“Undoubtedly, this loss will be hard hitting for both the local economy and the 31 producers that currently supply milk to Mona Dairy,” he said.

“Dairy farmers throughout Wales are facing an unprecedented period of uncertainty, having dealt with the difficulties of a long wet winter alongside the continuing turmoil of changes to future agricultural support and red tape.

“Compliance with the Control of Agricultural Pollution regulations and the ever tightening noose of bovine TB infections continue to bring great difficulties and extortionate costs to the sector.”


Walters said the FUW hopes that, as a result of a weak spring flush and an improving dairy commodities market, other milk processors will be in a favourable position to support milk producers currently supplying Mona Dairy.

For its farmers, Mona Dairy said it has secured an “established dairy processing company” as an interim milk buyer who will take their milk in the short-term.

“However, for a more permanent resolution, it is hoped that a new buyer could be sought to take advantage of these innovative facilities at the site on Ynys Môn,” Walters said.

“Given the sustainability credentials and economic opportunity that Mona Dairy has to offer, we call on the Welsh government for support in facilitating a positive outcome for the business.

“FUW members affected by this news are welcome to contact their county offices for guidance and support during this challenging time.”