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UK dairy processor, First Milk, has increased its milk price, which is a single rate for the first time since February 2015, following the scrapping of the co-op’s B price from 1 September.

The rise for the the processor’s 900 producers will be between 1p/litre and 1.1p/litre depending on milk pool taking the First Milk price to between 27.49p/litre and 29.05p/litre.

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First Milk have introduced further pricing changes from the beginning of next month, including a 0.5p/litre bonus on all litres exceeding production volumes over the previous 12 months and a scrappage of individual transport charges where they currently apply.

The co-op told Farmers Weekly in August the half-a-penny production incentive would be in place indefinitely.

The processor’s move to every other day collection (EODC) will be implemented to all milk pools from 1 April 2018, in an effort to drive transport costs down.

“We hope that this second consecutive milk price increase, along with the positive changes to our member payment schedules that will take effect from September, will give our farmers confidence as we move into the autumn,” said First Milk vice-chairman Nigel Evans.

Pool

September increase

September pool price

Midlands

1.1p/litre

27.80p/litre

Scotland

1.1p/litre

27.49p/litre

Haverfordwest

1.0p/litre

29.05p/litre*

Lake District

1.0p/litre

28.93p/litre*

*Haverfordwest & Lake District prices are manufacturing standard litre (4.2% butterfat and 3.4% protein); others are liquid standard litres (4% butterfat and 3.3% protein).