By Neale McQuistin

Müller Milk & Ingredients and Lidl GB have confirmed details of a new fixed-price offer available to Müller Direct farmers.

Following the completion of its first three-year fixed price contract, the new long-term initiative will continue to see Müller supply fresh milk to the majority of Lidl’s British stores and is designed to help dairy farmers in Britain manage price volatility and gain long term financial certainty.

From July 1 2021, Müller Direct farmers will have the option to secure up to 50 per cent of their milk supply at a 29ppl fixed price, for three years. The remainder of the volume they produce will attract the market-related Müller Direct milk price.

The move is part of an ongoing partnership between Lidl GB and Müller Milk & Ingredients, which will see the dairy company continue to support Lidl’s Grassroots Dairy Partnership. This provides a network for the next generation of Müller dairy farmers on Lidl’s contract to engage directly with the discounter, as well as with their own peers, to overcome challenges facing the sector.

Over the next 12 months, the Grassroots Partnership will support dairy farmers in the programme to help reduce on-farm carbon emissions. It will also offer young farmers the opportunity to collaborate with those working in other sectors within Lidl’s supply chain as part of an information exchange effort to share best practice. The vast majority of Müller Direct farmers are also now part of the Müller Advantage programme, which incentivises them to address issues such as herd health and reductions in environmental impact.

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 283 prime and cast sheep at Newton Stewart yesterday.

The volume of new season prime lambs for sale continued an upward trend with 200 lambs on the market. Top price of £153 was achieved on two occasions for pens of heavyweight Suffolks to average £142 overall. Beltex were top per kilo at 342p to level at 317p.

A small show of 18 hoggs sold to £90 for Beltex and the same for Shetlands. Cast sheep seen a rise and peaked at £151 for a pair of pure Texels with Mules to £103 and Blackface ewes at £94.

C&D Auctions held its weekly sale of primestock in Dumfries yesterday where six prime cattle sold to a top of 260p/kg for a Limousin cross heifer.

Forty OTMs sold to £1,199 and 160p/kg for beef types, while dairy cattle peaked at £1157 and 135p. New season prime lambs (163) sold to £142 for Texels to average 331p/kg, while 100 old season hoggs sold to £130 for Texels. Cast sheep sold to £180 for a Texel ewe.