Dairy Industry News and Features

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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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0.5ppl to a Maximum of 1ppl Milk Price Reduction for Suppliers to Freshways – from March 1st

Notice of a price reduction to farmers to the tune of a voluntary code compliant calendar month has been given by Freshways but clearly the lockdown situation and milk market trade consequences are moving too quickly for Freshways to be able to confirm the exact reduction until a week or so before the month end.  Freshways current liquid standard litre price for February is 27ppl.

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Crediton Dairy (Liquid) to Stand On until at least 1st April

This maintains producers liquid standard litre price at 28.50ppl.   

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First Milk Member Milk Price to Stand On until at least 1st April

This maintains producers manufacturing standard litre price at 28.93ppl and based on a liquid standard litre the price holds at 28ppl.   For its Haverfordwest Creamery Tesco Cheese Group First Milks manufacturing standard litre price holds at 30.43ppl.  First Milk previously confirmed the 0.5ppl member premium will continue for the milk year commencing 1st April 2021.

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Saputo (AKA Dairy Crest) to Stand On until at least 1st April

This declaration is based on the minimum floor price agreed with DCD for the first quarter of 2021 at a manufacturing standard litre price of 29.15ppl and based on a liquid standard litre 28.11ppl.   

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Barbers (Cheese) to Stand On until at least 1st April

This maintains producers manufacturing standard litre price at 29.83ppl and based on a liquid standard litre 28.79ppl.

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Belton Farm (Cheese) to Stand On until at least 1st April

This maintains producers manufacturing standard litre price at 28ppl and based on a liquid standard litre 27.25ppl.   

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GDT Auction Records 7 Year Record Average

Tuesdays GDT Auction rose a further 1.8% hot on the heels of an impressive 4.8% only two weeks ago and continues a run of 9 increases from the past 10 Auctions since 1st September 2020 covering a 5 month period. Which has seen the all products price/index rise by 21%.  The surge in demand is driven by strong demand from China and South East Asia.  This run of significant rises in the GDT Auction results has resulted in Fonterra revising its farmgate milk price forecast up by 20 cents kg to a range of $6.

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Average UK Milk Price 30.38ppl for December

DEFRA’s provisional farmgate milk price for December supplies calculates at 30.38ppl up 3.3% on the December 2019 figure.  The average 2020 farmgate milk price weighs in at 28.6ppl for the 12 month calendar period, almost the same as the 2019 average. Note these figures are the average paid out to farmers and not a standard litre figure.  Meanwhile UK milk production for December was up 2.

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Spot milk is trading at 25 to 26ppl delivered to factory so roughly worth 23 to 24ppl ex farm for the surplus.   

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Mandatory Code of Conduct to be drawn up by Government

The outcome of the various NFU’s requests and campaigns to government for legislation on milk contracts, with the aim that it will address the perceived imbalance in power currently in favour of processors at the expense of dairy farmers, is that the current voluntary code will be ditched in favour of a mandatory code.   All four regions will now have a huge task to develop a workable code and set of minimum standards but for sure for the farmers supplying one or two processors who continue to back date price cuts, its either time to do what’s right or shut up shop.

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£4.5million Profit for Yew Tree Dairies (+562%)

Yew Tree Dairies (AKA Woodcocks) based in Shelmersdale, Lancashire have recorded a record set of accounts for year ending 31st March 2020, where pre-tax profits jumped from £800,000 (18/19) to £4.5million (19/20) based on a staff of 16.  Their brave move to invest in a modern powder plant certainly appears to be paying them back handsomely if these results are anything to go by.

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GDT Auction Result Jumped 4.8%

Prices at this weeks GDT Auction jumped for the fifth consecutive auction and adds the tally to 8 increases in the past 9 auctions.  This weeks jump of 4.8% compared to the first 2021 Auction only two weeks ago pushed the average all products price to US $3593 tonne for 29,606 tonnes sold.  Notable Price Movements were:  SMP up 7.0% to average US $3243 tonne  Butter up 4.

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