UK farmgate milk prices

Updated 26 February 2021

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: December 2020

  • The UK average milk price for January 2021 was announced by Defra as being 30.24ppl, down 0.17ppl (0.5%) on the previous month.

The GB and NI average milk prices table and commentary will be updated in March, once we have received the NI January 2021 milk price from DAERA.

  • The average price paid for milk in NI, in December, was 31.00ppl, 2.36% higher than the average paid in GB.
  • Prices paid on non-aligned contracts were 0.48ppl below those for aligned contracts in December.
  • The GB 5-year average price was 27.86ppl in December, up 2.8% from the same the month in 2019, when it was 27.11ppl, showing the relative stability of the 5-year average over the year.

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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UK farmgate prices