‘In many supermarkets you can now buy milk far cheaper than bottled water’ said James Withers, Chief Executive of NFU Scotland. Referring to a recent price drop allowing consumers to buy 8 pints of milk for £2, he said, “retailers have renewed their cut-throat battle for customers and we really fear that family farms, and ultimately shoppers, will pay the price.

The UK’s dairy farmers are already paying the price through reduced wholesale prices, and many of them are looking to strengthen their negotiating positions by diversifying the sources of income from their land, including generating income from renewable energy installations such as wind turbines, which have a negligible impact on grazing acreage. Single turbines, sometimes referred to under the heading ‘medium scale wind’, can be installed with little visual impact and without creating friction with neighbouring landowners.