Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 20 January 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in November 2014 stood at 24.67 litres/day, a marginal decrease of 0.02 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for November 2014 stood at 29.14ppl, a decrease of 5.27ppl (15.3%) less than the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased by 4.62ppl (18.6%) to 20.18ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in November 2014, there were 190 cows in herd, 6 more than in November 2013. Of the 190 in herd, 161 (84.9%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 24.67 litres/day; a decrease of 0.02 litres/day (0.1%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 119,538 litres, an increase of 3,937 litres (3.4%) compared with November 2013.

The average milk price for November 2014 stood at 29.14ppl, 5.27ppl (15.3%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the increase in milk yield gives a total milk value of £34,837 which was £4,951 (12.4%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use increased by 0.01kg per litre over the year to 0.39kg per litre in November 2014. The price decreased from £247 per tonne in November 2013 to £223 per tonne in November 2014. Feed costs decreased to 8.96ppl from 9.61ppl (6.8%) on the year.

In November 2014 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £127 from £156 (18.6%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Nov-14

Nov-13

Cows in herd

     

190

184

Cows in milk

    

161

156

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

119,538

115,601

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

24.67

24.69

Yield from all forage

litres/day

4.35

5.11

Milk price

ppl

29.14

34.42

Total milk value

£

34,837

39,788

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.39

0.37

Concentrate price per tonne

£

223

247

Feed cost

ppl

8.96

9.61

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

20.18

24.80

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

127

156

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 4.4% (341 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between November 2013 and November 2014, to a total of 8,140 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between November 2013 and November 2014 increased by 0.83ppl (2.6%) to an average of 32.35ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending November 2014, the average herd size stood at 186, which was a 3.5% (6 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price increased on the year by 0.83ppl (2.6%) to an average of 32.35ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,633 per cow, an increase of £175.13 (7.1%) from the previous year.

Over the year from November 2013, the use of concentrates remained static at 0.34kg per litre. The average price of concentrates decreased by £17.66 per tonne (6.9%) to £238 per tonne.

 

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Nov-14

Nov-13

Cows in herd

 

186

180

Calving percentage

%

94.3

96.0

Replacement rate

%

23.8

24.1

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,140

7,799

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,172

1,143

Yield from all forage

litres

2,163

1,971

Milk price

ppl

32.35

31.52

Total milk value

£/cow

2,633

2,458

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

238

256

Feed cost per litre

p

8.40

9.17

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

23.95

22.35

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,949

1,743

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.