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United Kingdom Milk Prices and Composition of Milk

10 July 2009

UK - In May 2009 the UK average farm gate price of milk (excluding bonuses) was 20.60 pence per litre.

The latest national statistics produced by Defra on UK milk prices and composition of milk were released on 9 July 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics on monthly average farm gate milk prices in pence per litre for the United Kingdom are published for the 13 months to May 2009. Weighted annual averages for 2003 to 2008 are also shown. (Table 1)

Statistics on the average butterfat and protein content of UK produced milk are published from April 2005 to June 2009 for butterfat, and from April 2005 to May 2009 for protein. (Table 2)

1. UK farm gate milk price (pence per litre)

The average UK milk price is calculated from monthly surveys of milk purchasers conducted in England and Wales by Defra, in Scotland by RERAD and in Northern Ireland by DARD. These surveys together account for approximately 93% of UK milk bought by milk purchasers this month.

The farm gate price is the average price received by producers, net of delivery charges. No deduction has been made for superlevy.

In May 2009 this weighted average price was affected by Dairy Farmers of Britain going into receivership. This resulted in some producers not receiving any payment for the milk supplied in May 2009, and a lower average milk price. Users should be careful when comparing this price with figures for previous months.

To aid comparisons with previous months a weighted average price received by producers, excluding those that supplied Dairy Farmers of Britain, has also been provided for January 2009 onwards.

Table 1: UK farm gate price of milk (pence per litre)

2. Composition of milk in the UK

Average butterfat and protein contents are derived from information provided by milk purchasers via the monthly MQ12 returns to the Rural Payments Agency with additional protein data from Defra’s monthly survey of milk purchasers in England and Wales.

Table 2: Average Butterfat and Protein Content of UK Produced Milk

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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