UK Dairy Product Production

Published 12 March 15

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 618 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in January 2015, approximately 18 thousand tonnes (2.9%) more than January 2014.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending January 2015 was 177 thousand tonnes higher compared with the same period ending January 2014, at 7,182 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was down by 3 thousand tonnes (18.2%) in January 2015 compared with the previous year at 10 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending January 2015 was down by 6.9% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in January 2015 stood at 32 thousand tonnes, 2 thousand tonnes less on the year. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending January 2015 reached 406 thousand tonnes, up 4.4% on the previous 12 month period.

Please note: Data for Skim Milk Powder, Whole Milk Powder and Cream are no longer available due to confidentiality issues.

These figures may be retrospectively changed. There may be marginal differences in percentages due to figures being rounded up or down. 

Production of Dairy Products

Thousand Tonnes

Liquid

Butter

Cheese

Jan-15

618

10

32

Feb 14- Jan 15

7182

138

406

 

 

 

 

Jan-14

600

13

34

Feb 13- Jan 14

7005

148

389

 

 

  

 

Change from January 14

2.9%

-18.2%

-7.9%

Change from 12-month total previous year

2.5%

-6.9%

4.4%

Source: Defra

UK Dairy Product Production

 UK Manufacture of Cheese

Provisional cheese production figures for 2013 show that Cheddar production was down by 8.1% compared to the previous year at 241,490 tonnes.

Production of 'other cheeses' has risen by 11 thousand tonnes (12.4%) on the year.

Total cheese production stood at 388,238 tonnes which was a 2.2% decrease compared to the previous year. It must be stressed however that these figures are provisional and are likely to be retrospectively changed.

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Year

(000 tonnes)

Cheddar

Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)

Total(a)

2013*

241

25

12

12

99

388

Year on Year change

-8.1%

3.0%

5.1%

5.3%

12.4%

-2.2%

*Provisional figures

(a) includes wholesale and farm production

(b) includes cheshire cheese production

(c) includes mozarella, cottage, fromage frais, soft cheeses and all farm cheese production

Source: Defra