Hundreds of Dairy Farmers of Britain members may miss out on contracts as buyers reach capacity and begin closing their books.  

Sources from several milk processors say they are only a day away from stopping any new members joining.

Farmers Weekly has created a table of contracts available which will be updated as processors reach capacity. 

Despite the need to secure a contract the advice remains to think carefully before signing.

Contracts available

Processor

Taking DFoB members

Contract available

Milk price

Area

Number of suppliers signed up

Arla

Yes

Temporary contract for six month period

Current market price

Yorkshire, south of the Wash and Gloucestershire, not Cornwall

Under 100

Dairy Crest

Yes – only in catchment area

Suppliers on transition agreement

24.2p/litre + one-off interim payment

Central and southern England

Over 100

First Milk

Yes

Six month – criteria volume and location

22.03p

North England and midlands

Over 350

Meadow Foods

Yes

12 month

Current market price

Cheshire, Staffordshire, north Wales, Cumbria

Under 100, although some were already serving notice with DFoB

Milk Link

Yes

Five-month direct supply contract to Llandyrnog Creamery

23.5p

North Wales, Lancashire, Cheshire, north midlands

160 – expect to take on over 300 

Robert Wiseman

No

Permanent contract for 70 new members

24.02p

Shropshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester

Over 100, although some were already serving notice with DFoB

Contact numbers

Arla

0113 382 7000

Dairy Crest

01372 472372

First Milk

0141 847 6800

Meadow Foods

Chester: 01244 680071

Milk Link

01752 331 881

Peter Moffat: 07767 225867 or Peter Bennett 07966 436201

Robet Wiseman

01355 244261