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Norway farmers slaughter dairy’s ‘butter fingers’. Norwegian dairy farmers say TINE should have increased milk quotas prior to the butter crisis. Last week’s news Norway is running low on butter and TINE’s subsequent appeals for help and decreased import duty levels have fallen on stony ground. Whilst tolls are now lower, Oppland-based milk farmer Karl Emil Grina says, “It appears as though TINE has been neglectful. We’ve known milk production would decrease because of lots of rain and the fodder shortage for a long time. This shouldn’t have surprised TINE. It must be much better to raise quotas and allow us who can increase production do it instead of reducing duties.”

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Norway farmers slaughter dairy’s ‘butter fingers’

Published on Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 at 14:20 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 9th December 2011 at 22:19.

Norwegian dairy farmers say TINE should have increased milk quotas prior to the butter crisis.

Dairy cows in a barn (illustration photo)
Dairy cows in a barn (illustration photo)
Photo: Rasmus Lang Ree, Geno


Last week’s news Norway is running low on butter and TINE’s subsequent appeals for help and decreased import duty levels have fallen on stony ground.

Whilst tolls are now lower, Oppland-based milk farmer Karl Emil Grina says, “It appears as though TINE has been neglectful. We’ve known milk production would decrease because of lots of rain and the fodder shortage for a long time. This shouldn’t have surprised TINE. It must be much better to raise quotas and allow us who can increase production do it instead of reducing duties.”

Stating he could have raised production by 20 percent, Mr Grina tells Nationen, “I’m sure thousands of other farmers could have done the same. However, I now will be sending several cows to the abattoir because TINE has not taken the initiative to raise quotas here.”

Dag Fossen, a dairy farmer in Buskerud finds it “strange” news of a 25-million litre milk shortage has only been reported now and that “TINE has not managed to reallocate milk from cheese to butter production, for example.”

He alleges this would not have happened if quotas had been increased in September or October. This would have meant the current situation would have been avoided in time.

“We considered we had enough milk for butter until quite recently and are currently discussing whether we should raise quotas,” TINE Communications Director Elisabeth Morthen tells The Foreigner, “but this won’t solve the problem and not have an effect until the first two months of 2012.”




Published on Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 at 14:20 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 9th December 2011 at 22:19.

This post has the following tags: norwegianchristmasfood, lowcarbdiets, buttershortagenorway.





  
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