A Welsh dairy farmer has taken to Twitter to highlight the disruption caused by current weather conditions which has resulted in his milk not being collected.
Michael Williams took to the social media platform today (Monday, December 12) and said that “due to adverse weather yesterday and our milk not being collected, we had hoped (it would) be collected today”.
However, Williams said that he received “the call that dairy farmers dread in cold weather” and was told that his milk could not be collected today either.
“The road is open, but no lorry is coming today,” he said via the Farmers of the UK Twitter account.
“We are about to reach capacity of our bulk tank. 12,000L.
“Once we reach capacity the robots will stop milking to avoid this and ensure our plant is hygienic I must now drain our tank to waste (on-farm manure lagoon) and get the tank washed to allow it to be refilled.
“Dumping edible, nutritious milk is soul destroying.”
Williams then shared a video of a milk tank being drained, adding that he had hoped “this would be a positive week of family dairying”.
I had hoped this would be a positive week of family dairying. But I’m afraid this is the reality of today. This is very upsetting. However, seeing other weather related tragedies on the news we must be grateful. pic.twitter.com/UwUpgF3YYK
— Farmers Of The UK (@FarmersOfTheUK) December 12, 2022
“But I’m afraid this is the reality of today. This is very upsetting” he said.
“However, seeing other weather related tragedies on the news we must be grateful.”
Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office until Thursday of this week (December 15). The yellow weather warnings predict snow, ice and fog across different areas of the UK for the next four days.
Today (Monday, December 12), the north of Scotland will see wintery showers and icy conditions. Ice and fog will impact the midlands and southeast England.
There is also a Status Yellow ice and fog weather warning in place for the whole of Northern Ireland today.
Chief meteorologist for the Met Office, Steve Willington, said: “It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many places over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10° or lower in isolated spots.”