With a further 1p/litre on the base prices set by most of the main buyers of milk in Northern Ireland, the quality adjusted prices for August supplies have mostly moved above 20p/l. That’s after deduction of transport charges and for milk collected on alternate days from a supplier of 650,000 litres per year, with average NI seasonality of supply and with average milk quality of 4.03% butterfat, 3.35% protein, 4.63% lactose, TBC of 18 and SCC of 205.

The higher average somatic cell count in milk deliveries in August 2016 means that the prices in this league do not include bonuses that are payable by various buyers for SCC below 200.