Glanbia Cheese and Aurivo have followed the lead of other milk processors in NI with an increase to base price for March.

Both processors have added 0.75p/l, matching the increases by Lakeland Dairies and Glanbia Ireland. Dale Farm applied the largest price rise of 1p/l.

In the case of Glanbia Cheese, this puts its suppliers on a base of 28.75p/l for March supplies, and is the highest monthly base price paid by the Magheralin processor, excluding winter bonus payments, since November 2017.

Aurivo are also on a base price of 28.75p/l, which is the highest base price paid by the co-op since late 2017.

A full analysis of March prices will be published in our monthly milk league next week.

DAERA statistics

Meanwhile, DAERA statistics show that the average milk price paid to farmers during February was 30.1p/l, up 0.8p/l on the previous month.

Production stood at 202.95m litres, a record for this particular month. Production during the first two months of 2021 is up 2% on 2020 levels.