10 April 1998

Milk prices edge down

MILK prices paid by dairy companies for direct contracts have, as expected, come down this month after Milk Marques 1.8p cut in its standard litre value.

MD Foods has rejigged its payment structure, paying slightly less for butterfat and protein content but slightly more for cleaner milk. A premier milk producer with 100 average yielding cows receiving the 0.5p/litre group bonus will get about 19p/litre for 4.1% butterfat, 3.25% protein milk.

Unigates standard litre price has come back to about 19.22p/litre, before transport charges of £9.50 for EODC. That is just over 1p lower than March. Volume, butterfat and protein payments are all slightly down, other payments remain the same.

But group bonuses and stockmanship bonuses, worth 0.5p/litre and 0.3p/litre, respectively, will now be paid monthly to aid cash flow, says the companys Brian Pocock.

Robert Wiseman Dairies has announced a cut of 0.9p for a standard litre. Its base price for 3.5% butterfat, 3% protein milk is now 18.1p/litre in England, 1p less in Scotland. Other compositional quality and seasonality payments remain the same, as do hygiene bonuses. &#42