Published 27 January 17

Actual Milk Price Equivalent (AMPE*) & Milk for Cheese Value Equivalent (MCVE*)

AHDB Dairy publish the market indicators for the dairy sector to provide broad, general estimates of market returns. The value of market indicators is as a basis for identifying trends and to use them for more precise purposes goes beyond the limits of their scope and accuracy.

Monthly values for January:

  • UK butter prices decreased 3% to £3,600/tonne and SMP prices were unchanged at £1,850/tonne. As a result, AMPE decreased by 0.5ppl to 30.5ppl for January.
  • Mild Cheddar prices remained stable in January, while whey powder increased 5% and whey butter fell 3%. This resulted in MCVE increasing marginally, by 0.2ppl, compared to December.
  • The mild Cheddar price is available from AHDB Dairy on request, please see UK Wholesale Prices for more information. 


Jan 2017

1 Month Before

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Note: ppl change and percentage difference may differ due to rounding

AMPE and MCVE 2014

Source: AHDB Dairy

*AMPE and MCVE calculations do not include the cost of transport of milk to the dairy. According to a 2014 survey of members of Dairy UK, the range of transport costs that can be encountered in the UK dairy industry are from 0.9ppl to 4.8ppl. The lower limit typically applies to purchasers with compact milk fields with larger farmers, while purchasers with geographically dispersed milk fields and smaller, less accessible farmers pay up to 2.4ppl on average. For some individual collection routes that involve reloading costs, transport costs can be as high as 4.8ppl.

For more information on how these market indicators were created, please click on the links on the right hand side.