July 22, 2010


UK milk output up in June


UK milk production in June totalled 1.18 billion litres, 64 million litres below May's total, but 4.2% higher than the same month last year.


British deliveries fell by 58 million litres on-month, to 995 million litres, but increased by 3.7% compared with June 2009.


The decline in deliveries from May, by 5.2%, was consistent with the end of the spring production peak, said DairyCo's latest report. However, it was less marked than the 10-year average drop between May and June of 7.9%.


Dairy farmer numbers in England and Wales continued to fall in June, to 11,256 - 4.1% lower than the same time last year. That was 28 fewer farmers than in May, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).


Wales has seen the biggest annual decline, of 5.7%, to 1,985 producers, with England witnessing a fall of 3.8%. Within England, the southern region suffered the largest drop, down by 5.2%, on-year. The north west recorded a drop of 3.5%, with eastern counties down by 5%, and the west by 3.1%-3.8%. The south east showed the smallest drop, down 1.8%.