Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 20 November 14

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in September 2014 stood at 24.59 litres/day, an increase of 0.39 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for September 2014 stood at 30.89ppl, 2.19ppl (6.6%) less than the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased by 1.27ppl (5.2%) to 22.94ppl.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in September 2014, there were 185 cows in herd, 3 less than in September 2013. Of the 185 in herd, 156 (84.3%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 24.59 litres/day; an increase of 0.39 litres/day (1.6%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 115,045 litres, an increase of 505 litres (0.4%) compared with September 2013.

The average milk price for September 2014 stood at 30.89ppl, 2.19ppl (6.6%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the increase in milk yield gives a total milk value of £35,724 which was £2,167 (5.7%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01kg per litre over the year to 0.34kg per litre in September 2014. The price decreased from £250 per tonne in September 2013 to £227 per tonne in September 2014. Feed costs decreased to 8.12ppl from 8.87ppl (8.5%) on the year.

In September 2014 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £143 from £148 (3.5%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Sep-14

Sep-13

Cows in herd

     

185

188

Cows in milk

    

156

158

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

115,045

114,540

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

24.59

24.20

Yield from grazed forage

litres/day

4.3

4.6

Yield from all forage

litres/day

6.12

6.37

Milk price

ppl

30.89

33.08

Total milk value

£

35,724

37,889

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.33

Concentrate price per tonne

£

227

250

Feed cost

ppl

8.12

8.87

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

22.94

24.21

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

143

148

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 5.2% (401.47 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between September 2013 and September 2014, to a total of 8,144 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between September 2013 and September 2014 increased by 2.07ppl (6.7%) to an average of 32.92ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending September 2014, the average herd size stood at 181, which was a 1.5% (3 head) decrease from last year.

The average rolling milk price increased on the year by 2.07ppl (6.7%) to an average of 32.92ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,681 per cow, an increase of £292.18 (12.2%) from the previous year.

Over the year from September 2013, the use of concentrates decreased by 0.01kg per litre (3.1%) to 0.33kg per litre in September 2014.The average price of concentrates also decreased by £13.81 per tonne (5.4%) to £244 per tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Sep-14

Sep-13

Cows in herd

 

181

184

Calving percentage

%

94.2

94.7

Replacement rate

%

23.9

25.2

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,144

7,742

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,130

1,000

Yield from all forage

litres

2,221

1,833

Milk price

ppl

32.92

30.85

Total milk value

£/cow

2,681

2,389

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.33

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

244

258

Feed cost per litre

p

8.53

9.43

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

24.39

21.43

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,986

1,659

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.