28 February 2013
- In January 2013 the UK average farm gate price of milk (excluding bonuses) was 30.00 pence per litre, 1.03 pence per litre higher than in January 2012.
- In January 2013 the average butterfat content of UK milk was 4.11 per cent, compared with 4.14 per cent in January 2012.
- In January 2013 the average protein content of UK milk was 3.23 per cent, compared with 3.27 per cent in January 2012.
Section 1: UK Farm Gate Milk Price (Pence Per Litre)
Table 1 shows average UK farm gate milk prices 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 90% of UK milk bought by milk purchasers this month.
Table 1: UK Farm Gate Price of Milk (Pence Per Litre)
(a) Milk prices during 2009 were affected by Dairy Farmers of Britain going into receivership. The annual average milk price for 2009 excluding milk purchased by DFoB was 24.00ppl.
Section 2: Composition of Milk in the UK
Average butterfat and protein contents are derived from information provided by milk purchasers via the monthly 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
Sources: RPA, Defra
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