As a result of strengthening markets, First Milk has confirmed a rise in member prices of between 1ppl and 1.1ppl in September.

Last month the farmer co-operative wrote to their members detailing plans to discontinue A and B pricing and individual transport charges, plus the introduction of a production bonus. These changes, which are aimed at incentivising milk production to meet growing customer demand, will also be implemented from this month.

First Milk chairman Clive Sharpe said, “Many members met our new CEO Shelagh Hancock at farm roadshows across the UK earlier this month. At these meetings she detailed the strong platform that we have in place, as well as further opportunities to improve productivity within the business.

"Work on a range of business improvements is currently being implemented, and the benefits will be returned to members in future milk price increases.”

Vice chairman Nigel Evans added: “We hope that this second consecutive milk price increase, along with the positive changes to our member payment schedules that will take effect from September, will give our farmers confidence as we move into the autumn.”

The 1.0ppl rise for the Haverfordwest pool brings the price to 29.05ppl.