milk© Tim Scrivener

Direct Milk DPO has raised its formula milk price by 1.298p/litre to 31.188p/litre for January.

Producers who supply the core formula and signed up from April 2014 will receive a 0.19p/litre premium, taking their price to 31.378p/litre.

Including the January 2017 increase, the DPO’s formula price will have risen 6.807p/litre (27.91%) since the height of the dairy crisis in July.

The price rise, the sixth of its kind since the summer, will also be the last for Direct Milk DPO’s 200 producers on formula contracts, as the notice served by Muller comes into effect on 31 January 2017.

The final rise was driven by four out of five of the contract’s parameters increasing, with the price of cream up 3.1% to £1,990/t, fertiliser up 5.5% to £188.50/t, feed increasing 2.3% to £225.50/t and fertiliser up 7.7%to 52.29p/litre.

Four pints of milk at retail held at an average of 102p.

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From February, those on formula or partial formula contracts can either opt to take up ex-Dairy Crest Direct non-aligned terms and conditions or they can adopt Muller’s new standard non-aligned contract.

The Direct Milk Formula contract was first introduced in the summer of 2012 as a fair and transparent mechanism to help producers cope with the milk price crisis that was enveloping the industry.

Over the 46-month lifespan of these contracts (April 2013 to January 2017), it paid an average of 29.03p/litre, 9.3% higher than Muller’s standard non-aligned contract’s average over the same period.