By Olivia Cooper

MILK prices in Northern Ireland were over 3ppl down on last year at the United Dairy Farmers auction on 11 September.

The quarterly auction saw a massive 87 million litres sold at an average of 19.57ppl.

A spokesman for the co-op said that higher production and lower processed product values had put pressure on market levels.

“A few buyers from Scotland and England helped support the market – without them, prices may have fallen further,” he said.

Meanwhile, milk quota trade remains quiet in GB, with 4% butterfat sales making 15.5ppl and leasing steady at 0.75ppl.