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How much have milk prices changed over the last 15 years?

The latest national statistics produced by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has shown monthly information on the average Northern Ireland farmgate milk prices.

This data reveals the rise in milk prices over the 15-year period recorded, from 17.89 pence per litre in 2015 to 26.68 in 2020.

Despite COVID-19 causing a fall in the most recent milk prices, a producer in 2020 is still receiving 49% more than in 2005.

Farmgate prices from 2005 to 2019:

Year Net producer price (pence per litre)
2005 17.89
2006 16.75
2007 21.78
2008 22.92
2009 19.48
2010 25.06
2011 27.27
2012 25.82
2013 31.34
2014 29.31
2014 20.81
2016 20.24
2017 28.73
2018 28.74
2019 27.13

Farmgate prices over the last 12 months:

February 2019 27.60
March 2019 27.11
April 2019 26.91
May 2019 26.54
June 2019 26.39
July 2019 26.12
August 2019 25.78
September 2019 26.47
October 2019 27.47
November 2019 28.85
December 2019 28.69
January 2020 26.82
February 2020 26.68

Raw milk production

Raw milk production has also increased over the period, from 1,866.07 million litres per year to 2,388.72 million litres.

Raw milk production from 2005 to 2019:

Year Milk produced (million litres)
2005 1,866.07
2006 1,905.24
2007 1,917.65
2008 1,902.84
2009 1,772.23
2010 1,849.82
2011 1,980.27
2012 1,999.15
2013 2,013.42
2014 2,204.41
2014 2,266.39
2016 2,198.32
2017 2,283.85
2018 2,345.30
2019 2,388.72

Raw milk production over the last 12 months:

February 2019 189.34
March 2019 216.75
April 2019 220.62
May 2019 235.06
June 2019 218.33
July 2019 209.95
August 2019 187.22
September 2019 168.09
October 2019 172.83
November 2019 174.28
December 2019 193.27
January 2020 204.21
February 2020 199.19
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