Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 13 March 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in January 2015 stood at 26.07 litres/day, a decrease of 0.61 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for January 2015 stood at 26.78ppl, a decrease of 7.09ppl (20.9%) compared with the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased by 6.41ppl (25.9%) to 18.33ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in January 2015, there were 210 cows in herd, 22 more than in January 2014. Of the 210 in herd, 170 (80.9%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 26.07 litres/day; a decrease of 0.61 litres/day (2.3%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 137,493 litres, an increase of 3,331 litres (2.5%) compared with January 2014.

The average milk price for January 2015 stood at 26.78ppl, 7.09ppl (20.9%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the current milk yield gives a total milk value of £36,925 which was £8,513 (18.7%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01kg per litre over the year to 0.36kg per litre in January 2015. The price decreased from £247 per tonne in January 2014 to £224 per tonne in January 2015. Feed costs decreased to 8.52ppl from 9.12ppl (6.6%) on the year.

In January 2015 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £120 from £176 (32.1%).

Note: differences in text may not agree with values in table on account of rounding of reported values.

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Jan-15

Jan-14

Cows in herd

     

210

188

Cows in milk

    

170

162

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

137,493

134,161

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

26.07

26.68

Yield from all forage

litres/day

5.29

6.15

Milk price

ppl

26.78

33.87

Total milk value

£

36,925

45,438

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.36

0.35

Concentrate price per tonne

£

224

247

Feed cost

ppl

8.52

9.12

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

18.33

24.75

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

120

176

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 2.2% (177 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between January 2014 and January 2015, to a total of 8,077 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between January 2014 and January 2015 decreased by 0.91ppl (2.8%) to an average of 31.25ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending January 2015, the average herd size stood at 195, which was a 6.3% (12 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price decreased on the year by 0.91ppl (2.8%) to an average of 31.25ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,524 per cow, a decrease of £16.43 (0.6%) from the previous year.

Over the year from January 2014, the use of concentrates saw a marginal increase of 1.6%. The average price of concentrates decreased by £20.10 per tonne (7.9%) to £234 per tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Jan-15

Jan-14

Cows in herd

 

195

184

Calving percentage

%

94.4

95.8

Replacement rate

%

24.3

23.8

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,077

7,900

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,117

1,183

Yield from all forage

litres

2,029

2,035

Milk price

ppl

31.25

32.16

Total milk value

£/cow

2,524

2,541

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

234

254

Feed cost per litre

p

8.35

9.04

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

22.91

23.12

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,850

1,827

Source: Promar Milkminder

Promar MOPF rolling

 

The tables above show the average performance of herds using Promar Milkminder data. When using Promar data, it must be noted that a certain amount of caution should be taken. Although the sample size Promar use to collect the data is relatively large, it does not necessarily reflect the trends and performance of UK dairy herds. It is also worth noting that retrospective adjustments to the data may also occur. For more detailed information or to contact Promar click here.