UK, GB and NI Farmgate Prices

Published 11 May 17

Defra farmgate prices represent the average price paid to producers for all milk sold to dairies. 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 Dairy League Table

  • According to the most recent Defra figures, the average UK farmgate price stood at 27.46ppl in March. This was a 0.01ppl (0.03%) increase on the February average price. The March 2017 price was 5.02ppl (22.4%) higher than the same month last year.
  • The GB average price was 27.69ppl in March, which was a 0.06ppl (0.2%) decrease on the previous month. However, this was an increase of 4.45ppl (19.1%) compared with March 2016.
  • The Northern Ireland (NI) average for March was 26.29ppl, an increase of 0.34ppl (1.3%) compared with February.  The March price was 8.09ppl (44.5%) higher than the previous year.

Note:

In Northern Ireland a larger proportion of milk goes into commodity markets and therefore the NI price tends to reflect the rises and falls in the commodity markets more than GB. For more information on commodity prices click here.

 

UK, NI and GB Farmgate Milk Prices (estimates excluding retrospective bonuses)   

  UK GB NI
ppl 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 2017
Jan 26.46 23.15 26.94 27.20 24.00 27.11 22.39 18.50 26.05
Feb 26.06 23.01 27.45 26.68 23.86 27.75 22.67 18.50 25.95
Mar 25.05 22.43 27.46 25.51 23.24 27.69 22.59 18.20 26.29
Apr 24.69 21.63   25.21 22.31   21.96 18.16  
May 24.14 20.43   24.78 20.99   20.91 17.70  
Jun 23.83 19.94   24.57 20.50   20.07 17.22  
Jul 23.63 20.80   24.53 21.25   18.96 18.50  
Aug 23.43 21.46   24.23 21.74   18.85 19.88  
Sep 23.80 22.70   24.53 22.94   19.31 21.20  
Oct 24.50 24.19   25.11 24.14   20.75 24.51  
Nov 24.24 25.54   24.70 25.37   21.50 26.55  
Dec 23.97 26.22   24.68 26.06   19.90 27.08  
Average 24.46 22.56 27.28 25.13 23.00 27.51 20.81 20.21 26.11

 Values in the text may be slightly different to the table due to rounding.

For more information on UK, GB and Northern Ireland prices click here.    All 2014, 2015 and 2016 data is provisional and may be revised on a monthly basis.

 UK Farmgate Price -Monthly

Sources: Defra, DARD & AHDB Dairy

Please note, these graphs were updated in April 2016 to use milk prices excluding retrospective bonuses.

 

Average Yearly Prices

Please note the prices below now exclude retrospective bonuses.

Annual data shows that the UK farmgate price has decreased by 1.90ppl (7.8%) to 22.56ppl in 2016. In GB, there was a 2.13ppl (8.5%) decrease from the 2015 average, to 23.00ppl in 2016. The average NI price stood at 20.81ppl in 2015. There was a 0.60ppl (2.9%) decrease in the average price in 2016, resulting in a price of 20.21ppl. 

ppl UK GB NI
2002 17.05 17.23 15.85
2003 18.01 18.02 18.00
2004 18.45 18.48 18.26
2005 18.46 18.55 17.89
2006 17.94 18.13 16.75
2007 20.66 20.47 21.78
2008 25.91 26.43 22.92
2009 23.70 24.38 19.48
2010 24.65 24.59 25.06
2011 27.35 27.36 27.27
2012 28.03 28.43 25.82
2013 31.63 31.68 31.34
2014* 31.59 32.00 29.31
2015* 24.46 25.13 20.81
2016* 22.56 23.00 20.21

*provisional

 UK Farmgate Price -Annual

 Sources: Defra, DARD & AHDB Dairy

Please note, annual prices were updated in April 2014 and so this graph shows historic annual milk prices including retrospective bonuses.

The UK average milk producer price is collected by Defra. Milk purchasers provide details of how much they have paid farmers for milk (excluding any delivery and administration charges) and the volume of milk they have purchased. From these figures an average price per litre (which includes seasonality) can be derived. NI data is collected by DARD.

The challenges many dairy farmers face as a consequence of the current milk price and market volatility are of great concern. AHDB Dairy provides a range of tools and resources to help dairy farmers make informed business decisions during these challenging times #Decisions4Dairy