Milk production increase slows

GB milk production has been breaking records since November last year. Estimated* GB average daily milk yields have been up by as much as 8% on the year, far greater than the average 1.5% annual increase. However in the last few months, the rate of growth has been falling, suggesting that yields may be returning to more historically normal levels.

In March, average daily milk yields were up 1.7 litres/cow (7.9%) on last year. However, this growth was amplified as extreme weather resulted in disruption to collections last year.

While the annual growth rate is still high in historical terms, since March, growth has been falling month-on-month. Yields in April and May were up 7.5% and 4.4% respectively. So far in June (1st to 15th), yields have averaged 23.4 litres/head/day, 4.2% more than the same period last year.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.