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Members of dairy co-op Arla will be paid sightly more for their milk in April and May.

Farmers will received 25.83p/litre this month and into May – a 0.03p/litre rise. 

The increase comes as the firm has held its prices across Europe for May and confirmed the exchange rate used in its currency smoothing scheme for the first three months of 2015. 

This means the price rise was backdated to 1 April.

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Arla Foods UK head of milk and member services Ash Amirahmadi said the co-op was still focused on maximising returns for members at a “challenging  time”.

“Commodity markets continue to show their recent negative trend and trading conditions are difficult,” he said. 

Arla’s price rise comes after a tentative recovery in world dairy markets has been almost wiped out in the past two months. 

The average price on the global dairy trade auction rose 34% between mid-December and early March. Since then, the markets have fallen more than 22%.

Mr Amirahmadi told Farmers Weekly last year that building brands and adding value was part of Arla’s plan to protect farmers from volatile prices

This week the co-op launched “Big Milk”, a fresh milk enriched with iron and extra vitamin A and D.

The milk will be sold at a recommended price of £2.25 for two litres and is targeted at the needs of children aged one to five.