Milk Marque's southern regional successor, Milk Link, has announced a 16.6ppl price. The fractionally higher rate for members of the producers' co-op reverses the widely predicted lower price trend for the summer. It is still less than average production costs, but will boost farmers' confidence in their marketing body. Neither Zenith nor Axis, the other two of the so-called Milk Marque triplets, will announce any pricing outcomes until April. A spokesman for Axis confirmed that talks in recent weeks had "gone well, with good demand." A spokeswoman for Zenith said: "We've sold all our milk. We've been pleased with the discussions we have had with customers." Like Axis, Zenith will inform members of the price they will receive by the end of the month, even though nothing will be made public before April. Direct contract suppliers may well find themselves worse off than Milk Marque triplet members: many have already been notified of cuts for this summer. {{PROVISIONS }}