OWNERS of the Lake District Creamery at Aspatria, dairy co-operative First Milk has announced that its October milk price will remain the same amid the 'uncertainties of Covid-19 and Brexit'.

The British farmer-owned co-op announced its liquid standard litre will be held at its current level - 27.25ppl - from yesterday (October 1).

Its manufacturing standard litre will remain at 28.15ppl - both including its member premium.

Robert Craig, the co-op's vice-chairman, and Armathwaite dairy farmer, said First Milk would continue to do all it can to deliver stability for its members.

“There are many factors that may impact on dairy market returns in the months ahead, including the uncertainty around Covid-19 and Brexit," he said.

First Milk produces a range of Cheddar, Red Leicester and Double Gloucester - the majority of which is sold through its partner Ornua.

September saw the co-op increase its milk price by 0.5ppl.

However, Mr Craig at that time did predict uncertainty ahead - from the potential supply chain and market disruption if no EU trade deal was to be agreed and from Covid-19, but that the co-op would do all it could to maximise returns and deliver stability to their members.