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Manx milk price increase from today

Industry facing rising production costs

If you're buying Manx milk from today, the price will have gone up.

Isle of Man Creamery says a 60% increase to the cost of producing milk has forced the co-operative to put its prices up for the second time this year.

Instead of a 500ml carton costing 65p, it'll now be 75p.

Creamery Managing Director Findlay MacLeod said: 'We are all living and operating in unprecedented times.'

'Significant world events have greatly impacted the costs we are facing in both the farming and manufacturing and processing elements of our business.

'Farmers have seen the cost of producing a litre of milk rise by 60% so far this year. There have been huge increases in the cost of feed, fertilizer, fuel and power and in order to cover these costs Isle of Man Creamery (the cooperative) needs to pay the farmers more for each litre of milk they produce in order for them to keep their businesses and the industry operating. 

'As a farmers cooperative, the dairy farmers that supply Isle of Man Creamery with milk directly benefit from any price increases on our products.

'This small increase to the cost of milk will help all local milk suppliers and the wider dairy industry navigate these extremely trying times.'

Cooil's Dairy in Port Erin, which sells some of its excess milk to the creamery, is increasing the price of a pint by ten pence.

Farmer, Juan Hargraves, said they tried to keep the price rise low:

The price of milk was a subject raised during a special Manx Radio Perspective Programme from the Southern Agricultural Show yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Clare Barber was one of the special guests, and she explained how the retail price of milk is controlled by the Isle of Man Milk Price Order, set by the Isle of Man Milk Marketing Committee:

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