October 15, 2009

UK milk supplies stabilising

UK milk production is starting to stabilise after five years of decline, according to the latest DairyCo data.


British dairy farmers produced 993 million litres of milk in September, up two percent on-year. However, cumulative deliveries to dairies were still fractionally below the same time last year.


UK milk deliveries have declined for the past five years and the 2008-09 total was the lowest since the 1971-72 milk year, said the DairyCo report.


While Great Britain's production increased 1.1 percent this year, Northern Irish deliveries fell 7.5 percent.


Dairy producer numbers have continued to fall in England and Wales, dropping by 0.5 percent between August and September to 11,632. This represents a reduction of 3.5 percent in the past year.


Defra figures also showed that average UK farmgate prices increased by 0.27p/litre to 23.26p/litre in August, but prices were still 3.04p/litre below the same time last year.