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Note, all standard litre prices are those quoted by www.milkprices.com and are based on the following:
The liquid standard litre 4% bf, 3.3% protein, 30,000/ml Bactoscans, 200,000/ml SCC, 1 million litres a year on EODC but before seasonality, monthly profile payments, balancing, B price additions, capital retentions or annual incentive schemes. The manufacturing standard litre is to exactly the same specification with the exception of 4.2%bf and 3.4% protein.

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1ppl Milk Price increase plus fixed price offer for suppliers to Paynes Dairies (Liquid) – from 1st August

This increase takes producers standard liquid litre milk price to 26ppl with no A and B differential pricing. In addition, Paynes are offering a further fixed priced contract at 26.5ppl for a 12-month period on behalf of a customer. Last time Paynes offered a fixed price contract it took a beating in British Dairying for being too low at 27.5ppl for 12, 18 or 24 months duration.

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1ppl Milk Price increase for suppliers to Meadow Foods in South Wales, Cumbria and Lancashire – backdated to 1st July

This brings this group of producers back in line with Meadows other contracted producers in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Yorkshire and Worcestershire some of whom feared they were the poor relation potentially in for the chop. The Meadow all contracts 1st August liquid standard litre price for 1st August is 26ppl.

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1ppl Milk Price increase for suppliers to Wells Dairy (Liquid) – backdated to June 1st

Wells decided some weeks ago pay increases based on results and this 1ppl takes its producers standard liquid litre price to 25ppl and for a June 1st price is very much back in the mix and embarrassingly ahead of a few of its liquid middle ground competitors especially given this is paid on 102.5% of output. Infact two liquid processor statements Ian has see

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1ppl Milk Price increase for Suppliers to Yew Tree Dairy – from August 1st

This is an increase to the Yew Tree A litre price (63%) and takes producers standard liquid litre price to 26.1ppl. The July B price (37%) for Yew Tree Suppliers will easily be north of 25ppl and rising we hope.

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1.25ppl Milk Price increase for suppliers to Cotteswold Dairy (Liquid) - from 1st August – PRODUCER NOTIFIED

The liquid standard litre appears to be a closely guarded secret but is circa +/- 25ppl.

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1ppl Milk Price increase for suppliers to Wyke Farms Somerset (Cheese) – from 1st of August

This increase takes producers standard manufacturing litre price to 27.97ppl and based on a liquid standard litre to 27ppl. Wyke report the recent price increases its sales team have achieved with a number of its UK customers have contributed towards this increase.

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0.25ppl Milk Price increase for suppliers to The Fresh Milk Company (AKA Lactalis) – from 1st August

This increase takes producers standard manufacturing litre milk price to 27.86ppl and based on a standard liquid litre to 26.5ppl.

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Market Summary, Arla Expectation and Next Bulletin

For liquid suppliers a 26ppl standard litre price by 1st August is viewed a minimum and any falling below this level, with spot trading at 30ppl up or very close, must be challenged. A cheese manufacturing standard litre of 28ppl or thereabouts by 1st August should also be the norm. Arla have led GB milk prices for many months and are due to announce their August 1st milk price next week.

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Butter futures sets a new daily record

The EEX (European Energy Exchange) last Friday achieved a new daily trading record with 644 contracts executed in the day totalling 3,220 tonnes. This eclipsed the previous days record set on the March 4th of 433 contracts involving 1055 tonnes.

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South Caernarfon Creameries Ltd (SCC) former Co-op reports solid financial performance

The West Wales Co-operatives 2019-20 Annual report front cover features its successful hand-crafted Dragon brand cheese with the strap line “Proudly owned by our farmers” which probably sums up the business. Record sales with higher volumes of cheese from its 134 members who average 1 million litres each are the key take outs. As with most if not all GB Dairy Co-ops SCC had no producer resignations in the year.

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First Milk farmer Co-op records solid performance

It seems the days of GB Co-op’s all recording real success are well and truly here. First Milks Annual report and Accounts to 31st March 2020 are once again a very bright light with its progress and positive position significantly bolstered by its successful partnership with its main customer Ornua as well as other customers/partners for example Nestle and Yeo Valley.

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1.5ppl milk price increase for suppliers to Medina (Liquid) – from 1st August

This takes the average Medina contracted liquid standard litre price to 24.75ppl, which is a welcome and desperately needed return to the pre Covid February 2020 level. Medina were and indeed still are hit as hard as anyone by the dramatic drop in milk going to its catering and hospitality customers which is by no means back to "normal" and many in the industry believe the new normal will not be seen until 2021.

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