n The Dairy Mail - Selecting for solids : production

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-4301


The milk price has a major effect on the profitability of dairy farming. Dairy farmers, however, do not control the milk price and are therefore price takers. Milk buyers determine the milk price and different milk buyers have different systems to calculate their milk price. This means farmers should be aware what factors they take into account. In most cases, milk volume, somatic cell count and bacterial count affect the milk price. In addition, milk buyers who process milk often pay per kilogram of milk fat and/or protein.

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