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Dairy farmers spray EU HQ to push demands for better prices

  • European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

Dairy farmers from across the European Union have sprayed the EU's headquarters with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector.

Many farmers have been driven to the brink of bankruptcy as their sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits.

The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight.

The EU did away with a complicated milk quota system two years ago, allowing for an increase in production at a time when sanctions against Russia also hit the sector.