UK milk production falling but still above last year

Published 16 February 16

Average UK daily milk deliveries fell by 1.4% in the first five weeks of 2016, instead of increasing during January as they have previously. For the last three years, deliveries have increased by an average of 2.7% over the same period, as they usually start their rise towards the spring peak.

Despite the fall, average daily deliveries for the week ending 6 February were still 1.2% above the same week last year.

If production were to drop to last year’s level and track there until April, the UK would finish the milk year at around 14.8bn litres. This would still be 3% up from the year before and the highest recorded for nearly thirty years. However, according to the MET Office, the last three months have been the wettest November to January period in the UK for more than fifty years. As a result, wet ground conditions could hamper turn-out and delay the start of the seasonal lift in production.

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