A MEETING with local farmers has been arranged by the National Farmers Union of Wales to discuss the impact of Tomlinsons Dairies Limited going into administration.

NFU Cymru has stepped in to assist as many as up to 70 local Welsh farmers that they believe could have been affected by the news that the Wrexham-based dairy went into administration on Tuesday.

Dafydd Jarrett, NFU Cymru’s Policy Adviser, said: “After the initial news broke, it was clear the priority was finding an immediate home for the milk, which luckily we believe has been sorted for all of those impacted.

“We are grateful for the quick response from processors, retailers and hauliers to help sort this at such short notice.

“We have also already arranged a meeting so we can talk through the process face to face with those farmers affected.

“We are urgently asking any affected members to contact us and register their concerns, so that we can assist them however possible. It is vitally important that this process is handled carefully so that we can try and help members through this extremely difficult time.”

Any NFU Cymru members who feel that they have been affected by the news of Tomlinsons Dairies Ltd going into administration, or wish to attend the meeting, are being advised to contact NFU Call First to register their case and get further details.

The Union has also put together a regularly updated briefing which can be accessed by members on their website or also by contacting their CallFirst team.

You can contact the NFU CallFirst team by calling 0370 845 8458 and access the supportive briefing by visiting www.nfu-cymru.org.uk.

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) confirmed that Tomlinsons Dairies Ltd in Wrexham had gone into administration on Tuesday.

This came after the processor, which employed around 200 people, refused to accept milk from producers, leading to an angry reaction from concerned local farmers.

Prior to the official announcement by PwC, staff members were informed about the firm’s demise when they were called to attend an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon.