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Farmers Are Taking Cows Into Supermarkets As The Milk Price War Continues

The milk price war has stepped up a gear.

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First farmers started buying up all the milk in supermarkets in an ongoing disagreement over prices. And now? They're bringing the cows, too.

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Farmers in Dumfries and Galloway took a cow around a branch of Morrisons on Friday, after buying £500 of milk and dairy products and giving them away to shoppers.

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Cows also made appearances this week at supermarkets in Stafford and Bideford, Devon.

@FARMERS4ACTION Asda Bideford. Cow sheep pig chickens #milktrolleychallenge

There was one outside Morrisons in Ayr.

Cow outside morrisons in Ayr! Milk on offer £1 donations #givemilkafuture

Shoppers were somewhat surprised by all this.

@austinwilliamsw a cow. in asda. amazing.

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Meanwhile, farmers are still buying up milk in protest at what they see as unfairly low milk prices.

North Yorkshire dairy farmers protest against @asda about the prices paid for milk. #Farm364 @BBCYork

Some supermarkets have been visited by tractors, too.

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The Farmers For Action campaign group said in a statement that Morrisons has "maybe days" to deliver the new money which is "desperately" needed.

The current milk price war escalated when the co-operative Arla, which milk to supplies supermarkets, announced last month that it would drop the price to 23.01p per litre. Farmers argue it costs 30-32p to produce each litre, meaning supermarket sales leave them out of pocket.

The supermarkets blame a global oversupply of milk for the low prices.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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