Danish dairy producers are likely to pay a record price for milk quota in the latest of the country's twice-yearly quota sales. Preliminary calculations suggest they will be paying around DKr3.60 a litre, breaking June's DKr3.50ppl record price. More than 4,000 farmers have been bidding for 220 million litres of quota. But by the end of the quota year, one in 10 Danish milk producers will have left the industry. The consolidation is significant, according to Danish Dairy Board chairman Kaj Ole Pedersen: "Our trade is exposed to a massive cost pressure. "Rising energy prices are forcing us to pay more for fertilisers and feed. "And now we could be facing additional costs and declining income as a result of the BSE crisis." {{PROVISIONS }}

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