Milk Price Analysis shows significant gaps in prices paid by processors

The latest Milk Price Analysis completed by the IFA Dairy Committee shows significant differences between the milk price paid by twelve different milk processors across the country.

  The analysis, which shows a difference of €7,386 between the highest and lowest payers, is based on the revenue generated in 2021 by a spring calving herd supplying 500,000 litres a year to their milk processor. It does not include any trading bonuses, fixed price schemes or forward contracts.

  The analysis, completed by the IFA Dairy Committee with Senior Dairy Policy Executive Aine O’Connell, is based on milk statements supplied by farmers to the Dairy Committee.

It ranks processors in order of the annual income that would be generated and is adjusted for milk constituents.

  The Chairman of the committee, Stephen Arthur said the purpose of this analysis is to allow farmers to compare prices paid by milk processors on a like-for-like basis.

  “Dairy farmers have been working hard to improve their milk constituents over the years. This can give the impression that milk price has improved, when in reality it’s the milk quality that has improved,” he said.

  “This has masked the fact milk price is effectively the same over the past 30 years.

  “We believe the analysis will provide more price transparency, and we will continue to publish it on an annual basis”.