Müller has confirmed that its farmgate milk price will increase to 30ppl from October 1st, 2017.
The 1ppl increase for 700 Müller Direct farmers, means that its’ farm gate milk price has risen by more than 50% since October 2016.
Müller is continuing to reflect higher returns from markets for cream and butter and has also highlighted improved collaboration with dairy farmers to maintain supplies of farm gate milk which are more closely aligned to forecasts.
The company has also confirmed very healthy interest from dairy farmers in its Müller Direct Futures Contract. This gives dairy farmers the opportunity to agree a monthly price for up to 25% of their milk volume, for up to 12 months ahead and is designed to offer higher levels of certainty over future milk price returns.
The Müller Direct Futures Contract will be discussed at a series of meetings over the next week with farmers who sign up having the opportunity to apply in September for the first 35 million litres to be made available under this contract. Two further tranches of milk under this contract will be offered to Müller Direct Farmers in January and April 2018.
Rob Hutchison, Müller agriculture director said: “These are positive developments for Müller Direct farmers. We are pleased with the response we have had to the steps we are taking to ensure that farmers who supply us have a competitive milk price and an increasing number of tools available to manage their businesses through the markets which we operate in.”