As Kieran Mailey reports on page 44, what might happen to milk price later in 2018 remains an unknown, although in the short term it does look like there will be a correction downwards in the first three months of 2018.

Aside from the weather, 2017 was a good year for dairying in NI, with milk price set to average over 28p/l, the highest since 2014, and the third highest yearly average recorded in the last 10 years.