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Tractors block supermarkets as farmers protest over Northern Ireland dairy farming crisis

By Claire Williamson

Published 31/07/2015

Dairy farmers block the entrance to Asda in Coleraine Pic: Alastair Rainey
Dairy farmers block the entrance to Asda in Coleraine Pic: Alastair Rainey
Dairy farmers block the entrance to Asda in Coleraine Pic: Alastair Rainey
Dairy farmers block the entrance to Asda in Coleraine Pic: Alastair Rainey
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
UUP Tom Elliott talks with Dairy Farmers. The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Dairy Industry Crisis Young Farmers Scott Wilson, at Stormont. The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill speaks to Dairy Farmers who Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Young Scott Wilson as Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill speaks to Dairy Farmers who Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Young Scott Wilson as Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O'Neill speaks to Dairy Farmers who Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
From L-R Chris Osburne, Jonathan Moore, Barclay Bell and Wesley Aston from UFU as Dairy Farmers Protest at Stormont in Belfast on thursday , Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. The price paid to farmers is about 19p a litre. They say they need about 27p a litre to break even. Pic Colm Lenagham/Pacemaker
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Dairy Industry Crisis Young Farmers Scott Wilson, Matthew McCay, Dale Russell and Denver Russell at Stormont. The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Members of The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee with Farmers on the Steps of Stormont. The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye
Danny Kennedy UUP at the Dairy Industry Crisis Talks Stormont. The Stormont agriculture and rural development committee is holding a special meeting at Stormont to discuss the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland. Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level to tackle the problem. Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk. Picture Colm O'Reilly 30-07-2015 Press Eye

Tractors have blocked the entrance of supermarkets in Co Londonderry town as farmers staged a protest over the dairy farming crisis in Northern Ireland.

Police said they were aware of protests at two supermarkets in Coleraine on Thursday evening.

A spokesman said tractors were used to partially block entrances and exits at both locations.

Officers attended the scene of the protests but no arrests were made.

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Just hours earlier a convoy of tractors lined the grounds of Stormont as farmers staged a protest while an emergency committee meeting was held to discuss the crisis.

A meeting of the Stormont agriculture committee was recalled early.

In a bid to tackle the problem agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill has called for intervention at European level.

Dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not receive higher prices for their milk.

Farmers protested in the ground of Stormont over prices which are currently down to as little as 19p per litre.

This is significantly lower than the 28p that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) calculate is needed to cover the cost of production.

Arriving at Stormont on Thursday the farmers said they needed help quickly.

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