Scottish processing can’t keep up with milk production

Published 26 November 15

The increase in milk production in Scotland over the last three years has exceeded the rise in dairy processing in the country. According to the RPA, over the last three years milk production in Scotland has increased by more than 170m litres of milk per annum. AHDB estimates that, over the same time period, processing has only risen by around 90m litres.

The increase in processing has predominantly come from cheese manufacturers, with the volume of milk going into the liquid market remaining relatively stable.

AHDB estimates that there is now a net movement of milk from Scotland into England of more than 100m litres of milk per year. This is equivalent to around 10 milk tankers per day.

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