Know How / Milk prices

Milk prices

Advice and tips


Milk contracts: what farmers need to check

As the dairy industry edges tentatively towards a recovery, producers are being encouraged to scrutinise milk contracts to ensure they’re getting the best deal.   With many producers attracting several…


Checklist: How dairy farmers can get ready for EU milk scheme

The first deadline for the EU’s new milk supply scheme is just over a month away – but how can producers make sure they don’t miss out on this vital…

Are A-B contracts fit for purpose? We ask the experts

Many processors are set to revisit their milk contract pricing strategy as a result of an oversupply of milk and subsequent lower milk prices. In recent weeks, First Milk joined…

See all

Case studies

Q&A: How free-range milk can help struggling dairy farmers

The UK’s first free-range branded milk was launched in July. Under the Pasture Promise label it aims to secure farmers a premium price for grass-based dairying.. Farmers Weekly talks to founder Neil…

Global milk supply insights for post-quotas UK market

The EU is abolishing milk quotas from April, but what is the state of play in other parts of the world? Rhian Price and Charlie Taverner investigate. New Zealand In…

See all



Where are milk prices headed in rising dairy markets?

Strengthening dairy markets mean producer milk prices could hit the 30p/litre milestone in the next three months, as wholesale butter and cream prices continue to soar. Most UK dairy farmers…


How can dairy exports benefit UK producers?

Brexit uncertainty and a hyper-competitive retail environment mean many businesses are gearing up to export the best UK dairy has to offer. The prospects for this trade are encouraging, with…


Analysis: Hard Brexit best for UK milk prices

A hard Brexit leading to a weaker pound and high inflation would be the best post-EU scenario for UK farmgate milk prices, according to new analysis from Kite Consulting. The…


Model dairy farm: Prospects for 2018

Like many, Savills' model dairy farm is suffering the after-effects of a prolonged milk price crash and what looks an all-too-brief recovery. We look the prospects for how the farm's…

See all



Muller depot closure puts 45 jobs at risk

UK dairy giant Muller has announced the closure of its distribution depot in Aberdeen, putting 45 jobs at risk. No farmers supply the depot direct. Its future had been under…


Grain exports throttled by 31 October deadline

Traders say it is impossible to sell grain for export to the EU after October unless the seller takes the risk of an export tax resulting from a no-deal exit.…


Cheese and milk sales on the up at First Milk

Farmer-owned dairy co-operative First Milk increased turnover and operating profits in the year ending 31 March 2019, growing sales of both liquid milk and cheese. The co-op saw group turnover…


Post-Brexit tariffs risk huge shock to UK milk production

The government’s no-deal Brexit plans to impose import tariffs on cheese will fail to protect British milk producers’ livelihoods, Dairy UK has warned. If the UK leaves Europe without a…

See all



Dairy farmers are heading for cashflow crisis again

The current path of milk prices has serious cashflow implications that require careful appraisal and monitoring, warns Kite Consulting’s John Allen. A farmgate milk price of 26p/litre effectively means even…

See all



Online tool launched to help increase milk revenues

An online milk price calculator has been developed by AHDB Dairy to help farmers see if they could get a better price for their milk from their current contract. The…


Video: Shoppers give verdict on 'Milk for Farmers'

A new brand of milk and cheese that pays dairy farmers more for their milk has been welcomed by shoppers. Morrisons has launched its Milk for Farmers in all its…

Video: Farmers take up milk bucket challenge to highlight crisis

Protesting dairy farmers have taken to drenching themselves with milk in a bid to promote awareness of the price crisis and to raise funds for a farming charity. The stunts,…


Video: Cow and sheep help get prices crisis message to Londoners

A cow and two sheep have been walked through central London to show consumers where their food comes from, and to highlight low prices facing farmers. Scott Ruck, manager of…

See all