31 August 2007 | Gareth Mytton
Milk processor Robert Wiseman Dairies is increasing the price it pays dairy farmers for milk.
The company will up the price it pays producers by 0.71p/litre to 20.22p/litre.
Pete Nicholson, milk procurement director at Robert Wiseman Dairies, said: "This increase in our farm-gate milk price relates directly to the strengthening of the commodity market for bulk cream, and we are happy to pass the benefit of this to dairy producers."
The processor has also announced it will pay farmers 25p/litre for additional milk they produce between August and November.
In addition, over 90 per cent of Wiseman's 750 producers are likely to benefit from participating in either the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group or the Sainsbury Dairy Development Group. Under both schemes, farmers receive a premium above the normal market prices.
"While this is good news, it is important not to lose sight of fierce competition in the middle market, from which we generate a third of our sales," Nicholson said.