Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 12 December 14

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in October 2014 stood at 24.56 litres/day, an increase of 0.16 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for October 2014 stood at 30.07ppl, 3.40ppl (10.2%) less than the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased by 2.81ppl (11.5%) to 21.58ppl.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in October 2014, there were 191 cows in herd, 7 more than in October 2013. Of the 191 in herd, 161 (84.2%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 24.56 litres/day; an increase of 0.16 litres/day (0.6%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 122,605 litres, an increase of 5,082 litres (4.3%) compared with October 2013.

The average milk price for October 2014 stood at 30.07ppl, 3.40ppl (10.2%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the increase in milk yield gives a total milk value of £36,872 which was £2,570 (6.5%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01kg per litre over the year to 0.36kg per litre in October 2014. The price decreased from £246 per tonne in October 2013 to £224 per tonne in October 2014. Feed costs decreased to 8.49ppl from 9.17ppl (7.4%) on the year.

In October 2014 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £138 from £155 (11.0%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Oct-14

Oct-13

Cows in herd

     

191

184

Cows in milk

    

161

155

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

122,605

117,523

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

24.56

24.40

Yield from grazed forage

litres/day

0.0

0.0

Yield from all forage

litres/day

4.87

5.62

Milk price

ppl

30.07

33.48

Total milk value

£

36,872

39,442

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.36

0.35

Concentrate price per tonne

£

224

246

Feed cost

ppl

8.49

9.17

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

21.58

24.39

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

138

155

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 5.3% (411 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between October 2013 and October 2014, to a total of 8,152 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between October 2013 and October 2014 increased by 1.61ppl (5.2%) to an average of 32.72ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending October 2014, the average herd size stood at 188, which was a 3.6% (6.5 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price increased on the year by 1.61ppl (5.2%) to an average of 32.72ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,667 per cow, an increase of £258.98 (10.8%) from the previous year.

Over the year from October 2013, the use of concentrates remained static at 0.34kg per litre. The average price of concentrates decreased by £15.70 per tonne (6.1%) to £241 per tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Oct-14

Oct-13

Cows in herd

 

188

181

Calving percentage

%

95.8

95.2

Replacement rate

%

23.3

24.8

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,152

7,741

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,159

1,120

Yield from all forage

litres

2,144

1,928

Milk price

ppl

32.72

31.11

Total milk value

£/cow

2,667

2,408

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

241

257

Feed cost per litre

p

8.48

9.27

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

24.24

21.84

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,976

1,691

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.