Milk production in Northern Ireland in October 2015 was 1.2% higher than October 2014, figures from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) show.

Some 166.49m litres of milk were produced in the North in October 2015.

The amount of milk produced in October 2015 was also 2.2% higher than the amount of milk produced in September 2015.

Looking at the graph below, milk production in 2015 has been ahead of 2014 production all year and well ahead of 2013 production.

From January to October 2015, some 1.9 billion litres of milk have been produced in the North. In the corresponding period in 2014, some 1.8 billion litres were produced.

This is a 2.8% increase in milk production when the first 10 months of 2014 and 2015 are compared.

Graph: DARD

Graph: DARD

In October 2015, the Northern Ireland average farm gate price of milk (including retrospective bonuses) was 20.40p/L (28.32c/L), 4.89p/L (6.79c/L) lower than October 2014.

It was also 1.20p/L (1.67c/L) higher than September 2015.

The weighted average farm gate price of milk during January to December 2014 was 29.31p/L (40.70c/L), 2.03p/L (2.82c/L) lower than the same period in 2013.


Dairy farmers in the North start to receive EU aid payments

Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK started to receive their EU aid payments, two weeks ahead of schedule, in mid-November.

The initial tranche of the payments will be made to those dairy farmers for whom the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has up-to-date banking details.

Around £3.6m is due to be paid immediately to 2,250 (just over 71%) farmers in Northern Ireland, according to the DARD.

Dairy farmers will receive a one-off payment, which will be based on a flat rate per litre of milk production, DARD has stated.

Those for whom these details are still being checked and verified will follow at the earliest opportunity and the RPA aims to have all payments made by the end of the year.