First Milk seeks new dairy farmer members

Dairy co-operative First Milk is looking to recruit dairy farmers to supply its liquid milk and cheese business on direct supply contracts.

The co-op, which has 2600 members, has said it will offer dairy farmers a standard litre price of 26.1p/litre plus seasonality and butterfat premiums in a bid to get more milk into the business.

It is also hoping to tempt producers with a contract that requires dairy farmers to give only three months’ notice to quit, allowing them more flexibility.

First Milk chief executive Peter Humphreys said: “We believe our broad market exposure means that we are better positioned than many other industry players due to the premium nature of our contracts.”

The co-op had long-term relationships to supply raw milk to Robert Wiseman Dairies, Dairy Crest and Nestle, as well as a successful regional cheese business, he added.