Retailers fear dairy prices could increase as a result of the hot weather affecting livestock across the country.

Farmers have had to rely on winter feed for their cattle as a lack of rainfall has prevented the growth of grass.

Chris Herring, of Londis Shiphay Post Office in Torquay, said: “My milk supplier has increased its prices by 3p per litre. They have used winter feed in the past few weeks as an emergency measure and I am afraid they will use this as an excuse to keep prices up.”

Joe Williams, of Spar the Village Store in Hook Norton, added: “In a couple of months we could see price rises because of the lack of rain. My vegetable supplier has had to get stock from abroad as well.”

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