Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 15 October 14

Promar Milkminder

Monthly Results 

  • Average yield per cow in August 2014 stood at 24.90 litres/day, an increase of 0.33 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for August 2014 stood at 31.38ppl, 1.13ppl (3.5%) less than the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased by 0.95ppl (3.9%) to 23.41ppl.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in August, there were 186 cows in herd, 4 more than in August 2013. Of the 186 in herd, 157 (84.3%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 24.90 litres/day, an increase of 0.33 litres/day (1.4%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 121,226 litres, an increase of 4,149 litres (3.5%) compared with August 2013.

The average milk price for August 2014 stood at 31.38ppl, 1.13ppl (3.5%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the increase in milk yield gives a total milk value of £38,039 which was £127 (0.3%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01 kg/litre over the year to 0.32 kg/litre in August 2014. The price decreased from £256/tonne in August 2013 to £234/tonne in August 2014. Feed costs per litre decreased to 7.97ppl from 8.24ppl (3.2%) on the year.

In August 2014 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £157 from £152 (2.8%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock: 

Aug-14

Aug-13

Cows in herd

     

186

182

Cows in milk

    

157

154

Milk:         

Total milk produced

Litres

121,226

117,077

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

24.90

24.57

Yield from grazed forage

litres/day

5.4

5.6

Yield from all forage

litres/day

6.96

7.72

Milk price

ppl

31.38

32.51

Total milk value

£

38,039

38,166

Feed: 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.32

0.31

Concentrate price per tonne

£

234

256

Feed cost

ppl

7.97

8.24

Margins: 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

23.41

24.36

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

152

157

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 6.1% (469.1 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between August 2013 and August 2014, to a total of 8,138 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between August 2013 and August 2014 increased by 2.61ppl (8.5%) to an average of 33.15ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending August 2014, the average herd size stood at 183, which was a 1.7% (3 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price increased on the year by 2.61ppl (8.5%) to an average of 33.15ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,698per cow, an increase of £355.55 (15.2%) from the previous year.

Over the year from August 2013, the use of concentrates remained static on the year at 0.34kg/litre, while the average price of concentrates decreased by £12.72/tonne (4.9%) to £245/tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

Aug-14

Aug-13

Cows in herd

 

183

180

Calving percentage

%

95.2

93.8

Replacement rate

%

22.9

25.4

Milk: 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,138

7,669

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,130

931

Yield from all forage

litres

2,151

1,888

Milk price

ppl

33.15

30.54

Total milk value

£/cow

2,698

2,342

Feed: 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

245

257

Feed cost per litre

p

8.63

9.32

Margins: 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

24.53

21.23

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,996

1,628

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.