UK dairy processor First Milk has announced further milk price increases for all of its dairy farmer suppliers.
Farmers in its liquid pool will receive a 0.5 pence per litre (ppl) increase from 1 December 2012, while suppliers in the firm’s cheese pool will receive a 0.5ppl increase from 1 January 2013.
Producers in First Milk’s balancing pool will receive a staggered 0.5ppl increase – 0.25ppl on 1 December 2012 and 0.25ppl on 1 January 2013.
According to First Milk chairman, Bill Mustoe, the price increases demonstrate the company’s determination to support UK dairy farmers through “challenging times.”
“The liquid market has been bouncing around over the last six months. As recently as July, some companies were announcing prices of below 25ppl, there has clearly been increases since then, supported by a mix of tight volumes and stronger cream returns. With cheese stocks now tightening, we fully expect market prices for cheese to strengthen in 2013,” said Mustoe.
“We will continue to press for improved returns, as well as positioning ourselves to utilise our milk across all the markets in which we operate, to generate the best possible returns for members.”