Milk production in NI has grown for the fifth year in a row, with a new record level set in 2020 of 2.44bn litres, DAERA statistics show.

Production is up 2% on the year, with 56m litres added on to the previous record of 2.38bn litres from 2019.

Over the past five years, NI milk production is up 7.9%, and compared to 2010, when 1.84bn litres was produced, it is an increase of over 30%.

Milk price

During 2020, the DAERA statistics also show that the average milk price paid to dairy farmers was 27.01p/l.

It is the lowest price paid for four years, although over the period, prices have remained relatively steady, with the highest price paid the 28.74p/l from 2018.

Since 2015, the average milk price is 25.45p/l, while longer term, milk price has averaged 26.5p/l since 2010.

NI annual milk price reached its highest level in 2013 at 31.14p/l, but by 2015 it had slumped to 20.81p/l.

UK

Across the UK, milk prices in 2020 averaged 28.6p/l, which is down marginally on the 28.9p/l recorded in 2019.

MPI

Following last week’s increases for dairy commodities at GDT and weekly Dutch Dairy Board auctions, the latest milk price indicator (MPI) published by the UFU has recorded a 0.12p/l increase and now stands at 30.2p/l. This puts the MPI at its highest level since the autumn of 2017.

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