Friday, 29 September, 2000

By Philip Clarke                       Click here for Milk Price table

THE momentum for better October milk prices was maintained this week, with Unigate/Dairy Crest offering at least a 1.4ppl rise.

This splits the difference between the 2ppl increase declared last week by Robert Wiseman Dairies and the 1ppl from Express.

A spokeswoman said that Unigate Business Deal producers would see the 1.4ppl going entirely on the volume payment, which rises to 9.695ppl.

But it would be wrong to assume that all groups would be getting the same.

“Our prices will reflect the returns available from all the markets in which we operate,” said a spokesman, adding that negotiations were still ongoing with some groups.

Farmers For Action said it was unimpressed with the 1.4p offer. “Dairy Crest admits the supermarkets will be passing the full 2ppl back to them,” said chairman Dave Handley.


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“We know the current market for dairy commodities is stronger and will stand an equivalent increase.”

He warned of widespread milk dumping from 1 October if 3ppl was not achieved. But such action is unlikely from the 85 producers supplying supermarket group Waitrose via Unigate/Dairy Crest.

These producers already receive the top Unigate price of 19.5ppl, plus a 0.2ppl Waitrose top-up.

The supermarket has now agreed to pay them an extra 2ppl via Unigate/Dairy Crest, and is upping its own bonus to 0.5ppl.

As such, suppliers will be receiving about 22ppl from October.

“We have a long-term commitment to the British farmers who supply us and dont want our producers to go bankrupt when times are difficult,” said Waitrose head of dairy buying, Richard Sadler.

Other buyers, including the three Milk Marque successor co-ops, Axis, Zenith and MilkLink, were tight-lipped this week about their October payments, with negotiations still on-going.

September for August 2000 deliveries (updated monthly)

COMPANY This
month
Last
month
Transport EODC
(ppl)
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)
EODC Price/std
litre (ppl)
Rolling avge price
Sept99-Aug00
Southern Co-op 1 1 -0.49 0.00 -0.49 0.20 0.10 8.75 8.45 3.50 20.77 20.77 19.04
Nestl England (Dalston) 2 5 -0.46 -1.09 0.00 0.20 0.00 7.49 9.96 3.50 20.05 20.68 17.76
The Milk Group 3 3 0.10 0.00 0.00 0.30 0.70 7.30 7.30 3.00 19.60 19.70 17.64
Express Dairies 4 3 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.80 0.60 5.73 9.10P 3.00 19.49 n/a 17.77
Unigate/Dairy Crest (UDB)**** 5 4 -0.45 -1.27 0.00 0.30 0.30 3.12 3.43 3.50 19.47 20.30 17.83
Wiseman Central Scotland 6 12 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.90 0.34 2.00 18.81 n/a 18.07
Wiseman Aberdeen 7 13 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.90 0.34 2.00 18.81 n/a 18.24
South Caernarvon**** 8 10 -0.57 -1.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 7.02 9.78 2.50 18.80 19.33 17.63
Wiseman England 9 6 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.50 0.90 0.12 2.00 18.77 n/a 17.96
Nestle Scotland (Girvan) 10 15 -0.46 -1.09 0.00 0.20 0.00 7.49 9.96 2.00 18.55 19.18 17.61
Golden Vale**** 11 8 -0.32 -0.45 -0.58 0.40 0.30 7.23 8.19P 2.00 18.39 18.87 17.22
Bodfari  12 9 0.30 0.00 -0.30 0.40 0.20 6.84 9.02 2.20 18.36 18.96 17.27
Wyke Farms 13 7 -0.38 -0.73 0.00 0.10 0.00 6.49 8.96 2.20 18.22 18.57 17.09
Zenith 14 16 0.84 -1.09 0.10 0.30 0.30 6.77 9.08 2.20 17.65 18.40 n/a
Glanbia Scotland (Lockerbie)** 15 20 -0.42 -0.82 0.00 0.30 0.20 5.70 9.05 2.00 17.53 17.93 16.79
Axis 16 11 0.50 -1.23 0.00 0.30 0.30 6.68 9.01 2.20 17.38 17.88 n/a
MilkLink – EODC 17 14 0.50 -1.23 0.00 0.30 0.30 6.72 9.08 2.20 17.37 17.87 n/a
Scottish Milk 18 21 0.00 -0.45 0.00 0.30 0.20 6.56 9.24 1.40 17.25 n/a 16.97
Midlands Co-op 19 17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 17.20 n/a 17.87
Lancashire Dairies** 20 18 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.63 0.57 0.00 0.00 0.00 17.10 n/a 18.09
Arla Foods** (Premier) 21 19 0.16 0.45 0.00 0.60 0.60 5.99 3.30P 0.00 16.74 16.90 17.71

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  • All prices are before 0.06ppl Milk Development Council levy
    * 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
    **Includes (minimum) group bonus paid to over 95% of farmers
    ***Price includes: 7 keys; top general compliance score; 0.5ppl group bonus; regional bonus; and sovereign supplier bonus
    ****Price includes farm assurance bonus (0.3ppl for Golden Vale and S.Caernarvon)
    P=payment for protein capped (at 3.3% for Arla and Express, 3.35% for Golden Vale)