EUROPE - The Arla Foods amba on-account price will reduce, with effect from 1 April, by one euro cent per kg, equating to a UK standard litre price reduction of 0.75 pence.
April also sees a new quarter’s (January – March) average exchange rate being introduced to the pricing mechanism and this has a 0.19 pence per litre negative impact on the milk price.
The reduction, coupled with the impact of exchange rates, reduces the UK standard litre price for conventional milk down by 0.94 pence taking it to 20.87 pence.
Arla said the continued growth in milk production across Europe continues to have an impact on the imbalance between conventional milk supply and demand. This is continuing to put pressure on commodity and cheese markets which is having a knock-on effect across other markets.
Arla Foods amba Farmer Board Director, Jonathan Ovens, commented: “The milk price is definitely not at a level that anyone wants it to be, but the business is continuing to work hard to mitigate the negative effects of the hard-pressed global dairy market.
“We believe Arla has the right strategy to get through this, although the current situation is extreme for both Arla and everyone else in the global dairy market.”
The UK's National farmers' Union (NFU) dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said: “The market is still extremely tough out there and pressure on prices at UK and EU level is still strong.
“We have seen UK milk production pull back since the turn of the year and according to AHDB Dairy volumes are one per cent down on this time last year.
“The NFU continues to urge processors to be honest and open with their suppliers and make it clear how they plan to get through the current market downturn. Arla says it has the right strategy – but are other farmers sure that’s the case with their own milk buyer? We need those discussions to happen now more than ever.
“Last week the NFU along with AHDB Dairy pulled together organisations from across the industry to look at how we can all support and signpost farmers over the next 12 months.
"It’s vital we ensure that further up the supply chain all is being done to add value to the dairy market as we all have a part to play in ensuring a sustainable dairy sector going forward.”
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