UK farmgate milk prices

Updated 8 July 2024

These prices represent the average price paid by dairies for all milk purchased in the month. The survey used to collect this information covers approximately 90% of all milk purchased from farms in the UK.

Overview: May 2024

  • The UK average milk price for May 2024 was announced by Defra as being 37.92, down 0.49 pence (1.3%) on the previous month. 

The GB and NI average milk prices table and commentary will be updated in July once we have received the NI May 2024 milk price from DAERA.

  • The average price paid for milk in NI, in April, was 37.45ppl, 3.0% lower than the average paid in GB.
  • Prices paid on non-aligned contracts were 0.58ppl below those for aligned contracts in April.
  • The GB 5-year average price was 35.32ppl in April, up 5.0% from the same the month in 2023, when it was 33.62 ppl.

Additional information

The Defra average farmgate price is a weighted average calculated from information collected on total value and volumes of purchased milk in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

For information on representative prices paid to producers by individual milk buyers, please refer to the AHDB Milk Price Calculator.

Visit the AHDB Milk Price Calculator page

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