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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AHDB Board member vacancies for Horticulture and Potato sectors fail to mention the ballot

The situation at AHDB is quickly turning into a Pantomime and total chaos.   Whilst checking the situations vacant suitable for an antagonistic outspoken dairy industry commentator Ian noticed AHDB have six board positions up for grabs with applications due in last Friday   One of the AHDB vacancies is aiming to attract a Potato levy payer for a 3-year term committing to 3 days a month commencing June 2021 with the possibility of a further 3-year term mentioned.

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1.25ppl milk price increase for suppliers to Lactalis (AKA The Fresh Milk Company) cheese from 1st June

This increases producers www.milkprices.com manufacturing standard litre price to 30.21ppl and based on a liquid standard litre to 29ppl.  

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2ppl milk price rise for liquid contracted suppliers to Yew Tree Dairies from 1st June

Last week Arlas 1.5ppl May 1st price increase was described as a “positive milk price bombshell” by www.milkprices.com Well, a 2p rise from a middle ground liquid processor for June deliveries ranks extremely close to qualifying for a similar strapline when it takes their prices North of 29ppl. This increase takes Yew Trees liquid standard litre price to a healthy 29.

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1ppl milk price increase for suppliers to Barbers (cheese) from 1st July

This increase takes producers manufacturing standard litre price to 30.86ppl and based on a liquid standard litre to 29.78ppl.

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1ppl milk price increase for Waitrose (Muller) aligned producers from 1st May

This increase takes producers standard liquid litre price to 33.35ppl.

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0.72ppl milk price increase for suppliers to South Caernarfon Creameries (cheese) from 1st June

This increase produces manufacturing standard litre price to 29.25ppl.

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0.5ppl milk price increase for Crediton Dairy Suppliers (liquid) – from 1st June

This takes producers liquid standard litre price to 30ppl including the recently introduced 0.5ppl 13th payment.

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0.5ppl milk price increase for First Milk members from 1st June

This takes members manufacturing standard litre price to 29.93ppl.

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1.0ppl milk price increase for suppliers to Joseph Heler cheese from 1st June

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1ppl milk price increase for members of Dale Farm Co-Operative from March 1st

This is the third consecutive 1ppl monthly increase for Dale Farm supplier members and takes producers liquid litre price for March deliveries to what is a UK Champions League price of 30.59ppl. According to www.milkprices.com The Co-ops farmgate price is up 5.5ppl (+22%) from the 25.09ppl recorded a year ago. Based on a manufacturing standard litre the March price is 31.

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The Market

With GB production affected by the cold weather and a serious shortage of both rain and grass wholesale prices on average have continued to firm. Indeed, AHDB calculate National Production is now running 0.7% below its forecast output. It’s a similar story across Europe with overall production down although accurate up to date statistics are slow to appear.

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340 dairy farmers (4%) left the business in 2020/21

According to AHDB’s recent milk purchaser survey the number of GB milk producers at the start of April had fallen to an estimated 8040 down 340 in a year. The average milk output on each of those 8040 farms is 1.56 million litres.

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