April 14, 2008


UK milk production hits 37-year low



Milk production in the UK decreased from 13.2 billion litres between April 2007 and March 2008, the Rural Payments Agency reported.


The 0.9 billion-litre drop on the same period the previous year brought UK milk production to its lowest level since 1971.


According to NFU Scotland, milk supplies could be at risk after milk production reached a 37-year low.


As cheese and milk consumption grew 3 percent over the past year, the organisation said milk buyers and processors should realise that supplies were not guaranteed.


To ensure there would be enough milk for UK consumers, those involved in the dairy chain must pay dairy farmers a price that will allow them to stay in business and invest for the future, NFUS said.