By FWi staff

DAIRY farmers have their feet firmly on the gas, leading up to Wednesdays (31 March) end of the milk year.

The latest Intervention Board figures show unadjusted deliveries in the week to 13 March of 257 million litres, compared with 247m litres in the same period last year.

The late dash for output follows low production earlier in the season, with butterfat-adjusted cumulative deliveries ending February 0.42% (53m litres) below profile.

But its still unlikely national output will hit quota, says Mark Bray of ADAS. The latest weekly figure marks a drop of 200,000 litres on the previous seven days. “It would appear we have peaked.”

Such sentiments, says Mr Bray, have been reflected in the quota market. “Its died a death.”

Jim Leamon of Hamiltons also points to the week-on-week drop in output. “It will certainly offer those confident of there being no superlevy further peace of mind.”

Milk Marque, meanwhile, has announced a February trading bonus equating to 0.4ppl on our league table standard litre, down from 0.5ppl in January.

A drop in constituent prices will also be seen from April, with butterfat down from 1.88p to 1.86p per % and protein cut from 3.180p to 3.145p per%. But this has been mitigated, says Stephen Bates of Wye College, by an increase of 0.2ppl in hygiene payments.

From April, Avonmore Waterford will drop the base price on the former Avonmore contract from 19.60p to 19.50ppl for milk of 4% butterfat and 3% protein. And Golden Vale has told farmers that its prices will also drop.

March for February 1999 deliveries (updated monthly)

COMPANY This
month
Last
month
Transport flat rate
(ppl)
Transport volume
(ppl)
Bactoscan/
total bacteria
(ppl)
Somatic cell count
(ppl)
Butterfat
(ppl)
Protein
(ppl)
Seasonal
adj (ppl)
Price/std
litre (ppl)
Av price
Apr98-Feb99
Midlands Co-op 1 1 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 21.18 21.24
Lancashire Dairies 2 2 0.00 0.00 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 20.62 20.64
AW Foods Scotland (Lockerbie) 3 3 -0.73 0.00 0.10 0.10 7.62 11.45 1.20 20.44 19.57
Wiseman England 4 4 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.90 0.10 0.00 20.30 20.14
Golden Vale 5 5 -0.27 -0.42 0.40 0.30 8.88 10.00P 0.00 20.19 20.33
Bodfari 6 6 0.00 0.20 0.40 0.20 8.42 10.93 0.00 20.15 20.23
Express Dairies 7 7 0.00 0.20 0.80 0.60 7.27 11.13P 0.00 20.00 20.06
MD Foods (Premier) 8 8 0.00 0.30 0.80 0.80 8.20 3.25P 0.00 20.00 20.00
Wiseman Scotland 9 9 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 1.36 0.28 0.00 19.94 19.91
AW Foods Waterford (“PSL” contract) 10 10 -0.36 0.00 0.15 0.20 0.00 0.09 0.00 19.78 19.99
AW Foods (Avonmore) 11 11 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.25 -0.60 19.75 20.24
The Milk Group 12 12 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.30 8.82 10.62 0.00 19.74 19.74
Nestlé Scotland 13 13 -0.62 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.78 11.50 0.00 19.65 19.94
ACC (Stockton) 14 14 0.00 1.80 0.00 0.00 7.39 9.91 0.00 19.59 19.73
Wyke Farms 15 15 -0.54 0.00 0.10 0.00 7.98 10.86 0.00 19.59 19.05
Unigate – EODC 16 16 -0.43 0.00 0.30 0.30 4.10 4.68 -1.00 19.25 20.51
South Caernarvon 17 17 -0.73 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.12 11.17 -0.50 19.16 19.31
Nestlé England (Dalston) 18 18 -0.62 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.78 11.50 -0.50 19.15 19.79
Southern Co-op 19 19 0.00 -0.35 0.10 0.10 10.08 9.58 -0.80 18.96 20.64
Aberdeen Milk 20 21 -0.45 -0.77 0.30 0.30 0.60 0.25 0.00 18.58 18.64
Scottish Milk 21 20 -0.45 -0.10 0.30 0.20 7.83 10.73 0.00 18.50 18.88
Milk Marque – EODC 22 22 -1.23 0.50 0.20 0.20 7.71 10.34 0.00 18.31 18.15
Milk Marque 23 23 -1.23 0.00 0.20 0.20 7.71 10.34 0.00 17.81 17.65

Wye College Source: WYE COLLEGE
University of London

http://www.wye.ac.uk
  • All prices are before 0.04ppl Milk Development Council levy
  • Price per standard litre is after transport and marketing charges, assuming daily collection of milk, 4.1% butterfat, 3.25% protein, 1101 litres/day, TBC below 20,000 and cell count below 250,000
  • For AW Foods Scotland (Lockerbie), AW Foods (Avonmore) and MD Foods, figures include minimum group bonus paid to over 95% of farmers
  • For Unigate – EODC, the price includes “6 keys”; top “general compliance” score; top “farm inspection” score; 0.3ppl group bonus; “sovereign supplier” bonus; group term bonus; and milk collected every other day
  • For South Caernarvon, the price includes a 0.3ppl bonus for compliance with Freedom Foods five freedoms

    P=payment for protein capped (at 3.3% for MD and Express, 3.35% for Golden Vale)