The public is being asked not to panic-buy milk as some dairy farmers are having to pour their milk away.

The dairy industry is the latest to fall victim to the shortage of HGV lorry drivers.

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) says that it does not know exactly how many farmers are being affected.

RABDF chairman Peter Alvis said: "The HGV driver shortage is having an impact on the dairy sector, which has resulted in a small number of farmers having to dispose of their milk.

"It is hard to put a number on the exact number of farmers affected, but at the moment, we believe it is only affecting a few producers.

“We are monitoring the situation, and should farmers be experiencing issues, we urge them to get in touch with us.”

Mr Alvis said any loss of milk sales is devastating if the processor doesn’t pay for uncollected milk.

“As many dairy farmers do not make a profit on their milk or only a minimal margin, any minor knocks are felt very quickly.

“The global supply chain hasn’t fully returned to normal following the pandemic, and the shortage of HGV drivers is now adding to this problem, which is why we are seeing such an impact.

“That said, milk and dairy products are still making it through to the supermarket shelves, so it is important consumers continue to shop normally to avoid any shortage situations seen at the start of the pandemic when panic buying occurred."

It is thought Britain has an estimated shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers due to Brexit, poor pay and the pandemic.