GB dairy herd structure suggests strong 2015/16 production

Published 10 March 15

A rising proportion of GB’s dairy cows are at peak lactation age, suggesting the national herd could be set for another year of strong milk production. Key contributing factors have been the number of cows aged 3½ to 6½ years increasing by about 4% year-on-year this January, whilst the number aged 8½ or older fell around 30%.

This could be partly due to last year’s falling farmgate milk prices putting pressure on farms to cull cows seen to be less efficient. In theory this trend could lead to a higher average yield per cow in GB but in practice future weather conditions and profit margins will also influence yields.

GB herd structure 10March15