Milk Link is the latest milk buyer to encourage its suppliers to produce more milk.

The dairy co-op has removed the need for its 2000 members to cover their production with quota just a few months into the milk year.

The move follows the latest milk output figures that show the UK is unlikely to meet national quota this year and co-op First Milk’s decision last week to pay more for its members “marginal” milk.

Chief executive Barry Nicholls said: “We wanted to give our members every opportunity to maximise their production later in the year.

“In the first two months of this quota year the level of milk production form our members has been above expectation and we wanted to remove any possible obstacle to this continuing.”

In the unlikely event that the UK does exceed quota, super-levy will still apply to individual producers in excess of quota, he added.