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Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 15 April 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in February 2015 stood at 26.53 litres/day, a decrease of 0.62 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for February 2015 stood at 26.82ppl, a decrease of 7.15ppl (21.1%) compared with the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased in February 2015 by 6.50ppl (26.3%) to 18.22ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in February 2015, there were 193 cows in herd, 3 more than in February 2014. Of the 193 in herd, 166 (86.1%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 26.53 litres/day; a decrease of 0.62 litres/day (2.3%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 123,160 litres, a decrease of 1,968 litres (1.6%) compared with February 2014.

The average milk price for February 2015 stood at 26.82ppl, 7.15ppl (21.1%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the current milk yield gives a total milk value of £33,034 which was £9,479 (22.3%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01kg per litre over the year to 0.36kg per litre in February 2015. The price decreased from £248 per tonne in February 2014 to £226 per tonne in February 2015. Feed costs decreased to 8.60ppl from 9.26ppl (7.1%) on the year.

In February 2015 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £117 from £162 (28.3%).

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

 

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Feb-15

Feb-14

Cows in herd

     

193

190

Cows in milk

    

166

165

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

123,160

125,128

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

26.53

27.14

Yield from all forage

litres/day

5.51

6.06

Milk price

ppl

26.82

33.98

Total milk value

£

33,034

42,513

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.36

0.35

Concentrate price per tonne

£

226

248

Feed cost

ppl

8.60

9.26

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

18.22

24.72

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

117

162

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 2.7% (214 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between February 2014 and February 2015, to a total of 8,187 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between February 2014 and February 2015 decreased by 1.78ppl (5.5%) to an average of 30.67ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending February 2015, the average herd size stood at 189, which was a 1.1% (2 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price decreased on the year by 1.78ppl (5.5%) to an average of 30.67ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,511 per cow, a decrease of £76.05 (2.9%) from the previous year.

Over the year from February 2014, the use of concentrates saw a marginal increase of 1.6%. The average price of concentrates decreased by £17.31 per tonne (6.8%) to £235 per tonne.

 

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Feb-15

Feb-14

Cows in herd

 

189

187

Calving percentage

%

96.2

95.3

Replacement rate

%

24.9

24.0

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,187

7,974

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,225

1,210

Yield from all forage

litres

2,112

2,089

Milk price

ppl

30.67

32.44

Total milk value

£/cow

2,511

2,587

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.33

Concentrate price per tonne

£

235

253

Feed cost per litre

p

8.33

8.94

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

22.34

23.50

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,829

1,874

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.