The front-page story from the NI edition last week, which contrasted base milk prices offered by Irish co-ops to NI suppliers with those on offer to farmers south of the Irish border reflected some local concerns that prices here are not as strong as they perhaps could be.

Comparing prices north and south is something we are often asked to do by farmers. But with one system based on milk solids and the other based on litres supplied, an all-island milk league is difficult to produce, especially when you throw in the added complication of exchange rate movements.