UK, GB and NI Farmgate Prices

Published 12 February 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 December, as reported by Defra, fell by 0.9% from November, to 31.66ppl.
  • The average price paid for milk in NI, in December, was, on average, 32.65ppl, 3.7% higher than the average paid in GB as high butter prices continue to support milk prices.
  • Prices paid on non-aligned contracts remained above those for aligned contracts in December as quarterly adjustments to aligned contracts will not be implemented until January.
  • The GB 5-year average price moved was 28.11ppl in December, up marginally from the same the end of 2016, when it was 28.06ppl, 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.