Having finished second in the 650,000l league table for April, Glanbia Cheese has gone one better by topping the monthly league tables for 1m-litre producers of both good and average-quality milk (see Table B).
The table shows the prices paid for milk produced at three different qualities, outlined in Table 1, and assumes alternate day milk collection.
On good-quality milk, prices averaged 27.8p/l across all processors. Glanbia Cheese paid 28.1p/l to claim first spot, an increase of two places on the previous month.
Key to that is the 0.4p/l mozzarella bonus, on top of normal milk quality payments and the 0.65p/l volume bonus.
Aurivo finished in second place for good-quality milk. Strathroy narrowly edged out Dale Farm for third place, with Lakeland holding fifth place for the second month in a row.
On average-quality milk, prices averaged 26.75p/l across all processors, down 0.1p/l on the previous month.
Glanbia Cheese finished first on 27.21p/l, thanks to its volume and mozzarella bonus payments. Strathroy overtook Aurivo for second place.
Dale Farm remains in fourth place, with Glanbia Milk/Fivemiletown next, just ahead of Lakeland.
For the 12-month period ending April 2019, Dale Farm continues to pay the highest milk price across the three different qualities.
On good-quality milk, prices averaged 29.52p/l, down by 0.08p/l on the previous milk league. Dale Farm was the only processor to pay above 30p/l, with an alternate day price of 30.06p/l.
Lakeland Dairies is second on 29.77p/l, with Aurivo in third place on 29.63p/l.
On average-quality milk, the 12-month prices across all processors averaged 28.32p/l. Dale Farm holds onto first place, with Glanbia Cheese in second position.
Aurivo retains third place, with Lakeland in fourth – given that its 1p/l hygiene bonus does not apply on average-quality milk.
Glanbia Milk/Fivemiletown and Strathroy round out the table, a position previously occupied by LacPatrick, which is no longer included in our analysis.
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