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Dairy Farmers of Britain announces milk price increase

Dairy Farmers of Britain has announced an increase of 1.5p/litre for all its supplier members from 1 December 2007.

The rise takes the price for industry standard litres for the majority of its members to at least 25p/litre before seasonality.

Seasonality bonuses push members’ additional litres to between 32p/litre and 39p/litre.

“We are continuing to work as hard as we can with our customers”

Matt Sheehan, DFoB director of membership, said: “We would like to have made this increase effective from November, but this is the earliest opportunity our trading commitments allow us to reap the sustainable raw milk price benefits of our continuing customer re-negotiations.

“Although it meets our previously-announced base price expectation for the year end, we are continuing to work as hard as we can with our customers to secure further sustainable increases from the market so we can provide them to our members as soon as possible.”

Dairy Farmers of Britain announces milk price increase

Dairy Farmers of Britain has upped the price it pays for milk supplied by its conventional, Channel Islands and organic producers.

From today (October 1) conventional milk suppliers will receive an extra 2.45p/litre, taking the price to 23.5p/litre.

Channel Island milk suppliers will receive an extra 2.15p/litre, while organic suppliers will see an increase of 4.25p/litre.

‘Further increases’

The dairy said the latest price rise reflected its commitment to pass increased returns back to its members.

It expected to announce further increases in the coming months, it added.

Dairy Farmers of Britain also announced a change to its somatic cell count schedules for conventional and Channel Islands milk.

‘Less sensitivity’

The change, which will take effect from October 1, will see penalties imposed on milk in the 251-300 somatic cell count range reduced.

The dairy said the change reflects less market sensitivity towards somatic cell count levels in the due to shortening milk supplies.

Dairy Farmers of Britain announces milk price increase

Dairy farmers supplying liquid milk to Dairy Farmers of Britain are set to receive an extra 0.5p/litre from next month.

The processor announced an increase to the price it pays members for conventional milk from 1 August.

The increase will be supplemented by a “contract premium” of 0.2ppl for all members who signed the DFoB 12-month contract, taking their total increase to 0.7p/litre.

The processor is also set to introduce a “premium quality” bonus of 0.3p/litre for all milk produced to a consistently high hygienic quality.

Matt Sheehan, DFoB director of membership said: “The overall increase, which for many members will total 1.0ppl, is the third milk price rise that we have been able to announce in just over a month and the signs are that the market continues to strengthen.”

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