Projected farmgate milk prices

Updated 27 November 2019

These projections indicate the expected movements in farmgate milk prices for the next three months, based on movements in the dairy markets.


  • Wholesale product prices were steady to rising, with cream and SMP up and butter and mild Cheddar more stable.
  • Whey prices rose again in November.
  • The lift in SMP and marginal butter rise raised AMPE by 0.9ppl overall, while MCVE increased by 0.1ppl.
  • The effect of these price movements on the overall market value of milk (MMV) was a 0.3ppl increase for November, with overall projections suggesting some positivity for market-driven farmgate prices over the next few months.

Additional information

  • The projected change is based on the strong link found between movements in the value returned to manufacturers from the market (MMV) and movements in farmgate milk prices.
  • On average, it was found that a 1ppl change in the MMV will lead to around a 0.6ppl change in the overall GB average milk price, generally three months’ later.
  • Differences will arise due to the markets in which milk buyers operate as well as the mechanism they use to set the milk price. These will impact the timing of price movements as well as the size of the change.
  • Other factors which are likely to impact milk prices will be the degree of competition for milk in the market, changes to available processing capacity, import competition and contract negotiations.
  • [1] The Milk Market Value (MMV) is a weighted average of AMPE and MCVE on a 20:80 basis. This was found to be the best predictor of movements in farmgate prices based on historical data. The analysis was done excluding prices paid on retailer-aligned contracts.
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