UK Milk Statistics

This publication, published on 24 September 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority, brings together various sources of statistics relating to the production and supply of milk and milk products.
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Wholesale milk deliveries

In August 2008, UK wholesale milk deliveries were, on average, 0.6 million litres per day lower than in August 2007 at an average of 34.1 million litres per day.

UK average daily wholesale milk deliveries

Source: RPA

The cumulative volume of UK wholesale milk deliveries in the period April 2008 to August 2008 was 5,664 million litres, 2.0% below the same period in 2007. The chart below illustrates the average daily UK wholesale deliveries of milk.

Composition of milk in the UK

In 2007/08 the average butterfat content for the milk year was 4.06%, compared with 4.04% in 2006/07. The average protein content was 3.31% in 2007/08, compared with 3.27% in the previous year. The charts below illustrate the recent trends.

Average protein content of UK milk

Source: RPA

Average protein content of UK milk

Source: RPA

UK farm-gate milk prices

In July 2008 the average UK farm-gate price was 25.80 pence per litre, an increase of 6.2 pence per litre on July 2007. As bonus payments are often not paid until the end of the financial year, prices including bonus payments in 2008/09 are not directly comparable with those in previous years.

The chart below illustrates the monthly UK farm-gate milk prices, excluding any bonus payments.

UK farm-gate milk prices

Sources: Defra, RERAD, DARD NI

Milk availability, use by dairies and products produced

In 2007/08, 0.4% of the raw milk used by UK dairies was imported and 4.1% of UK produced raw milk was exported to other countries (mainly between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic).

UK cheese production by type in 2007
(excluding farmhouse manufacture)

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

September 2008

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