Two further farmgate price rises have been announced and welcomed
by NFU Scotland.
First Milk, the UK’s largest co-operative, has announced
a further rise of 2.5 pence per litre (ppl) from 1 October taking
its standard price to 23.1ppl. It anticipates a further 2ppl rise
from 1 November. Milk Link has announced a 4.6ppl increase taking
its price for a standard litre to 24ppl, also from 1 October.
These announcements follow confirmation last week that Wiseman will
be paying its suppliers 25.7ppl from next month.
Reacting to the news, NFUS Milk Committee Chairman Willie Lamont said:
“These are further significant steps towards a profitable future
for the Scottish dairy industry. We are now seeing a step-change in prices
paid to farmers, it is just sad that it has taken the threats of milk
shortages and the loss of world class dairy farms to take us to this
“The milk price is moving on an almost daily basis with few willing
to predict where the ceiling will be. Investment on most dairy farms
has been stalled for years and we are now facing the rocketing price
of animal feed. The move towards a price which starts reflecting those
costs is long overdue and the upward momentum must be maintained.”
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