UK, GB and NI Farmgate Prices

Published 11 May 18

The Defra average farmgate prices represents the average price paid by dairies for all milk purchased in the month. It is a weighted average calculated from information collected on total value and volumes of purchased milk in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The survey used to collect this information covers approximately 90% of all milk purchased from farms in the UK.

For information on representative prices paid to producers by individual milk buyers, please refer to the AHDB Milk Price Calculator.

  • The UK ‘all milk’ average price for March, as reported by Defra at 28.57ppl, was down 2.8% compared with the previous month.
  • The average price paid for milk in NI, in March, was, 28.07ppl, 2.1% lower than the average paid in GB.
  • Prices paid on non-aligned contracts fell below those for aligned contracts in March.
  • Please note that the non-aligned GB average farmgate price has been revised from Jan 2013.  The revisions are the result of a larger set of monthly milk prices and more accurate weightings.
  • The GB 5-year average price was 28.07ppl in March, up marginally from the same the month in 2017, when it was 27.98ppl, showing the relative stability of the 5-year average over the year.

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For more information on UK, GB and Northern Ireland prices click here.