Faced with low milk outputs, raw milk buyers in southern England face an interim round of price negotiations in January, when current additional supermarket funds for liquid milk run out. Milk Link suppliers have already received a 2ppl rise backdated to October 1, lifting their basic price to 18.6ppl and those producing winter milk can look forward to a better return. Many dairy farmers face a two-year old debt mountain, so it would be premature to suppose that all is rosy. {{PROVISIONS }}

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