February 13, 2008


UK milk production falls short of target



UK's milk production fell further in January, with dairy farmers supplying just under 1.1 billion litres to processors.


This trend, according to observers, is in stark contrast to the scenario 20 years ago when producers dealt with a 60-million-litre surplus and punitive fines.


January's milk production rises to 1.12 billion litres, more than 47 million litres short of the Farmers Weekly/ Charles Holt quota.


This makes the national milk output trailing quota by more than 716 million litres, or 6 percent short of the UK's 14.2 billion litre national quota.


In 2008, observers said, there are fewer than 13,000 dairy farmers left in England and Wales, compared with more than 33,000 twenty years ago.