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  • DAIRY farmers could save an average of 16,000 each if they applied research funded by the Milk Development Council over the past year to their businesses.

    A significant number of farmers are missing several tricks, claims MDC chief executive, Peter Merson.

    These include rigorous attention to cost control, dealing with infertility and better pasture management.

    These require a fair degree of application, but put together could save farmers that sort of money.

    An average farmer producing 600,000 litres a year would have spent just 240 on levy payments, he adds.

    MDC income rose to 4.95 million in 1998/99, over 1m more than the previous year after the farmer-funded levy was increased to 0.04ppl of milk.

    Grant and project expenditure amounted to almost 4.9m, up 9%.

    However, a reduction in administration costs to 1.19m and a write back of 1.14m tax provision, following the DTIs agreement that the MDC was an eligible research organisation, left the council with a surplus of just over 79,200.

    Retained surplus amounted to 1.46m.


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    One hundred and twenty five contracted research projects were funded. This included 800,000 to the National Dairy Council to promote the nutritional importance of milk, and 300,000 to the Animal Data Centre to support improvement of genetic merit in the nations dairy herd.

    Greater emphasis will be put on farmer-focused research, to help producers cut costs and improve profitability. The MDC has established eight focus centres across the UK to help disseminate information.

    This reflects ongoing concern over the crisis in the industry, reflected in this months milk price table.

    Several companies paid less for their milk compared with December.

    Nestlé Scotlands price fell 1ppl, Bodfari by 0.76ppl, and Milk Marques standard litre fell by 0.5ppl.

    Several other companies towards the top of the table posted smaller falls.

    March 2000 for January 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)
    Rolling avge price
    Feb99-Jan00
    Southern Co-op 1 1 0.00 -0.40 0.20 0.10 9.93 9.58 -0.80 18.85 19.90
    Lancashire Dairies 2 3 0.00 0.00 0.63 0.57 0.00 0.00 0.00 18.45 19.60
    Midlands Co-op 3 2 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 18.40 20.05
    Wiseman Scotland 4 4 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 1.36 0.34 0.00 18.12 19.38
    Wiseman Aberdeen 5 5 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 1.36 0.34 0.00 18.12 19.31
    Wiseman England 6 6 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.90 0.12 0.00 18.07 19.38
    MD Foods (Premier) 7 9 0.00 0.45 0.60 0.60 6.56 3.30p 0.00 18.01 19.10
    Express Dairies 8 10 0.00 0.25 0.80 0.60 6.32 10.04p 0.00 18.00 19.04
    The Milk Group 9 11 0.00 0.00 0.30 0.70 8.35 8.35 0.00 17.70 18.53
    ACC (Stockton) 10 12 0.00 1.80 0.00 0.00 6.89 8.91 -0.50 17.60 19.01
    South Caernarvon 11 13 -0.73 0.00 0.00 0.00 7.21 10.07 -0.50 17.60 18.59
    Nestlé Scotland 12 7 -0.90 0.00 0.20 0.00 7.79 10.36 0.00 17.46 19.01
    Golden Vale 13 16 -0.45 -0.58 0.40 0.30 7.67 8.78p 0.00 17.41 18.98
    Glanbia Scotland (Lockerbie) 14 8 -0.82 0.00 0.20 0.20 5.96 9.49 1.20 17.33 18.57
    Express (Waterford “PSL” contract) 15 17 -0.36 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.18 0.00 17.27 18.81
    Express (Avonmore) 16 18 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.15 -0.60 17.15 19.19
    Scottish Milk 17 19 -0.45 -0.10 0.30 0.20 7.13 10.03 0.00 17.11 17.98
    Unigate – EODC 18 20 -0.43 0.00 0.30 0.30 3.49 3.83 -1.00 16.98 19.25
    Nestlé England (Dalston) 19 21 -0.90 0.00 0.20 0.00 7.79 10.36 -0.50 16.96 19.01
    Wyke Farms 20 15 -0.54 0.00 0.10 0.00 6.72 9.28 0.00 16.75 18.54
    Bodfari 21 14 0.00 -0.50 0.40 0.20 7.16 9.44 0.00 16.70 18.90
    Milk Marque – EODC 22 22 -1.23 0.50 0.30 0.30 6.68 9.01 0.00 15.57 17.04
    Milk Marque 23 23 -1.23 0.00 0.30 0.30 6.68 9.01 0.00 15.07 16.54

    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, 3.30% protein, 1101 litres/day, TBC below 20,000/top band Bactoscan and cell count below 250,000
  • For Glanbia Scotland (Lockerbie), Glanbia (Avonmore) and MD Foods, figures include minimum group bonus paid to over 95% of farmers
  • For Unigate – EODC, the price includes “7 keys”; top “general compliance” score; 0.5ppl group bonus; “regional” bonus; and “sovereign supplier” bonus
  • Price includes farm assurance bonus of 0.3ppl for Golden Vale and South Caernarvon

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