'There's no need to panic'

A PERIOD of panic buying is feared by Guernsey Dairy after it told retailers it would be importing a ‘small’ amount of milk from Jersey.

Farmer Michael Bray said the Dairy did not have much choice but to take action due to the bad weather causing lower than normal milk production levels. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1282200)
Farmer Michael Bray said the Dairy did not have much choice but to take action due to the bad weather causing lower than normal milk production levels. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1282200)

A PERIOD of panic buying is feared by Guernsey Dairy after it told retailers it would be importing a ‘small’ amount of milk from Jersey.

The move comes at the same time as the Dairy’s decision to suspend the production of organic milk.

Dairy general manager Andrew Tabel sent a letter to retailers confirming its hand had been forced by the poor level of milk production this year – caused by bad weather.

Production of organic milk has been suspended for seven days – it will then face continuous review – and the Dairy will now actively plan to import a ‘Channel Island variant equivalent to our home-grown product’.

The letter also disclosed the Dairy’s plans for keeping islanders informed of the move, with Mr Tabel saying that any alarm could stimulate panic buying.

Comments for: "'There's no need to panic'"

chavcapri

Thats not good, im going to have to panic buy guernsey milk, then warry's bread... then make the world's largest bread and butter pudding!

Joshua

So the dairy is allowed to import foregin milk and sell it at extortionate prices, yet retailers aren't allowed to import milk and sell it for much more reasonable prices?

glep

Woudl people really panic buy something that only lasts a few days? Surely that would just end up with a lot of milk being wasted.

Sounds like another mountain out of a molehill to me!

markB

Don't Panic!!...Don't Panic!!!..they don't like it up um!!

concerned

Why would anyone panic buy? Or be even slightly bothered? If anyone is offended by the idea of "foreign" milk, they can just have toast for breakfast for a couple of days. Anyone would think we were about to be hit by hurricane Sandy the way guerns have a hissy fit at the slightest change or inconvenience.

green_grass

...err, so, where exactly in the article does it state 'Guerns' are having a hissy fit about milk shortages, concerned?

Please, tell me where in this article is says they are, or provide me with any evidence that people are expressing such concerns and panic buying....

can't find any? No, well, never mind, don't let your inability to read the article properly or provide any facts get in the way of this golden opportunity to turn this into a local bashing argument, ay...?

What was actually reported was that Mr Tabel said he didn't want people to panic buy when they heard of the shortage, which quite frankly, isn't likely to happen.

....btw, GP, where IS this 'cover up', exactly?

The Dairy's position, which has happened before, and will again, cows being organic beings, not machines, has been clearly stated (what more IS to say, exactly regarding the ins and outs of Daisy's udders...?) and your tabloid style reporting is starting to look completely ridiculous in a small island where next to nothing happens....

oh, apart from the recent crime wave in Sark, with horticultural vandals and terrorists roaming the streets, toting secateurs and bird scarers, pruning anyone who gets in their way and terrifying the bejesus out of the pigeons and other non flying vermin, of course.

Thisisguernsey

The Dairy itself said it did not want to release the information:

"The letter also disclosed the Dairy’s plans for keeping islanders informed of the move, with Mr Tabel saying that any alarm could stimulate panic buying.

‘We are very conscious of this risk and the Dairy will not be issuing pro-active media comment,’ he said."

green_grass

OMG...

it's not...

it can't be...

but it is...

it's...

COWGATE...!!!

Town Dweller

Crikey! I haven't seen the Guernsey Press trying start a panic, moral or otherwise, for a number of months!

It looks like everyone has ignored the Press's battle cry to start queuing outside Island Wide shops at six in the morning.

Mill Co.

The man is just milking it, no whey I would panic buy -the dairy will just buy from the udder island and cream off the profits. Hard cheese! Sorry - a bit bored this afternoon.....

Ray

An excellent marketing strategy

The merest hint that they are worried about panic buying guarantees that the stuff will be flying off the shelves

alanalf

I've just been out and bought 500 litres to stock up. There are only the two of us in the house so I'm a bit stuck as to what to do when the 14th Nov. comes and goes (use by date) and we've still 498 litres left. The missus refuses to bath in it, but at least we won't run out.

green_grass

*lol* absolute quality, alanalf, i'm still laughing....:))))))))))))))))))))))

Zab

So whats new, we got Jersey milk in the 60's when production was low, yawn.

Les Pets

Who drinks overpriced organic anyway? The public should be told that if we start to import milk our dairy farmers will go broke,Guernsey dairy herd destroyed and the up keep of fields and hedges left to nature. The money the farmers get is on condition that they maintain fields etc. The press should follow this up and write a report.

Gsy Gal

Sadly here in Oz we can only get Jersey Milk ... We've had to get used to it lol ;->

rosie

How come Jersey has enough milk for its own population and enough to export to us? Would it have anything to do with the fact that they have been better at retaining land in agricultural use so that the farmers have enough land to grow fodder to feed the animals? Here in Guernsey, we are allowing too much land to drift out of farm use and farmers are really struggling to make their businesses survive.

Horse owners have deep pockets and outbid farmers for fields. Large house owners with fields attached would rather mow those fields into lawns than allow farmers to use them and then the States themselves seem to see nothing wrong with building on agricultural land. 13 acres going under the extended airport perimeter for questionably long run offs; another 3 fields gone for a private developer to build a garage for private planes and even Beaucamp school was built on a greenfield site....... and all that in just the last 2 years.

Envious

If only we had the assistance the farmers have nowadays!

How many farmers would still be in business if they had the vast handouts the farmers get now.

No wonder why they can all afford new kit and run around in Range Rover sports and mercedes equivilants!

Its no wonder why they don't want milk to be imported otherwise they would be in the same position we were years ago. Again this is why it is a closed shop for youngsters to get into the industry as they would have to share their handouts accross another farm.

How many other local businesses could do with states handouts up to 250,000k per year to improve there business and upgrade equipment. Quite a few I would say.

By the way I work for a local farmer that flouts this system and also buys non-local potatoes from the UK and sells them as locally grown!!! FACT!

PLP

When we join with Jersey and become the Channel Island Confederation this will no longer be an issue as we'll all be drinking "Channel Islands" milk!