Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 12 May 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in March 2015 stood at 26.88 litres/day, a decrease of 0.46 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for March 2015 stood at 25.84ppl, a decrease of 8.14ppl (23.9%) compared with the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased in March 2015 by 7.29ppl (29.3%) to 17.61ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in March 2015, there were 196 cows in herd, 5 more than in March 2014. Of the 196 in herd, 170 (87.1%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 26.88 litres/day; a decrease of 0.46 litres/day (1.7%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 141,884 litres, a decrease of 253 litres (0.2%) compared with March 2014.

The average milk price for March 2015 stood at 25.84ppl, 8.14ppl (23.9%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the current milk yield gives a total milk value of £36,669 which was £11,633 (24.1%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use remained static over the year at 0.35kg per litre in March 2015. The price decreased from £248 per tonne in March 2014 to £226 per tonne in March 2015. Feed costs decreased to 8.23ppl from 9.08ppl (9.3%) on the year.

In March 2015 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £128 from £185 (30.9%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Mar-15

Mar-14

Cows in herd

     

196

191

Cows in milk

    

170

168

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

141,884

142,137

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

26.88

27.33

Yield from all forage

litres/day

6.60

6.50

Milk price

ppl

25.84

33.98

Total milk value

£

36,669

48,302

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.35

0.35

Concentrate price per tonne

£

226

248

Feed cost

ppl

8.23

9.08

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

17.61

24.90

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

128

185

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 1.6% (130 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between March 2014 and March 2015, to a total of 8,174 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between March 2014 and March 2015 decreased by 3.05ppl (9.3%) to an average of 29.73ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending March 2015, the average herd size stood at 192, which was a 2.5% (5 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price decreased on the year by 3.05ppl (9.3%) to an average of 29.73ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,430 per cow, a decrease of £206.46 (7.8%) from the previous year.

Over the year from March 2014, the use of concentrates remained static at 0.34kg per litre. The average price of concentrates decreased by £20.88 per tonne (8.3%) to £231 per tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Mar-15

Mar-14

Cows in herd

 

192

187

Calving percentage

%

96.1

95.8

Replacement rate

%

25.0

23.9

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,174

8,044

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,298

1,161

Yield from all forage

litres

2,206

2,077

Milk price

ppl

29.73

32.78

Total milk value

£/cow

2,430

2,637

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.34

Concentrate price per tonne

£

231

252

Feed cost per litre

p

8.10

8.93

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

21.63

23.84

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,768

1,918

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.