October is the second consecutive month that all processors of NI milk have left base prices unchanged. However, the addition of winter bonus payments at four of the six processors in our milk league analysis means the average starting price did increase by 1.18p/l to 47.95p/l.

The corresponding price for the same month last year was 31.97p/l. Where a farmer produces 70,000 litres during October, that increase in price has added £11,200 on to milk sales.