UK Dairy Product Production

Published 14 April 15

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 550 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in February 2015, approximately 12 thousand tonnes (2.1%) less than February 2014.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending February 2015 was 137 thousand tonnes higher compared with the same period ending February 2014, at 7,170 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was down by 3 thousand tonnes (23.2%) in February 2015 compared with the previous year at 9 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending February 2015 was down by 8.8% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in February 2015 stood at 28 thousand tonnes, 2 thousand tonnes less on the year. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending February 2015 reached 403 thousand tonnes, up 3.1% 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

Feb 15

550

9

28

Mar 14- Feb 15

7,170

135

403

 

 

 

 

Feb-14

562

12

31

Mar 13- Feb 14

7,033

148

390

 

 

  

 

Change from February 14

-2.1%

-23.2%

-7.3%

Change from 12-month total previous year

2.0%

-8.8%

3.1%

Source: Defra

UK Dairy Product Production

 UK Manufacture of Cheese

Provisional cheese production figures for 2014 show that Cheddar production was up by 15.6% compared to the previous year at 279,124 tonnes.

Production of 'other cheeses' has fallen by 10 thousand tonnes (10.0%) on the year.

Total cheese production stood at 411,939 tonnes which was a 6.2% increase 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

Cheddar

Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)

Total(a)

2014*

279

17

16

12

88

412

Year on Year change

15.6%

-30.9%

33.1%

0.5%

-10.0%

6.2%

*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