Banbridge farmers empty the shelves in Tesco protest

Farmers fill their shopping trolleys in the Tesco Store on Castlewellan Road. INBL1532-203PB
Farmers fill their shopping trolleys in the Tesco Store on Castlewellan Road. INBL1532-203PB

Local farmers emptied the shelves in Tesco, Castlewellan Road on Monday night.

In another protest against the paltry prices they feel they are paid for their product, the group loaded all bottles and cartons of milk into their trollies before heading for the check-out, only to tell staff they no longer wanted the milk and walked out.

The empty milk sherves in the Tesco Store on Castlewellan Road INBL1532-204PB

The empty milk sherves in the Tesco Store on Castlewellan Road INBL1532-204PB

Meanwhile, outside, their tractors were blocking the entrances and exits to the store as the farmers take action against supermarkets using their milk as a ‘loss leader,’ resulting in even lower prices.

The general public have largely thrown their backing behind the farmers.

On Facebook, Amanda Thompson showed her support: “I would happily pay more for milk. There’s not many people would get out of bed a stupid o’clock to actually loose money by do it.”

Gail Harrison also backed a price rise: “I would happily pay £2 for 2litre of milk!”

The farmers milk protest at Tesco Extra at Bridgewater Park �Paul Byrne Photography INBL1532-200PB

The farmers milk protest at Tesco Extra at Bridgewater Park �Paul Byrne Photography INBL1532-200PB

Emmalene Magill, however, was less sympathetic to their plight. “I was in the Castlewellan Rd Tesco at the time, they used 2 tractors to block the roundabout at Kenlis St, fortunately the police were there to ensure there wasn’t an accident as there was only 1 lane open to get in and out of Tesco car park. I appreciate that they want to protest about milk prices but don’t see how inconveniencing motorists helps their cause?”

Christopher Avery couldn’t resist - “milking it now.”