THE price of milk at the farm gate has risen 15% over the last 12 months.
According to the most recent Defra figures, the average UK farm gate price stood at 33.50ppl in October.
This was a 0.54ppl (1.6%) increase on the September average price.
Compared with the previous year, the October price was 4.40ppl (15.1%) higher than the same month last year.
Farmers in North Devon have recognised that world demand as well as the decent summer in 2013, after almost 18 months of winter, has helped enormously in their production and rewards.