UK Milk Utilisation

Published 18 May 15

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 622m litres in March 2015, an increase of 19m litres (3.1%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 319m litres in March 2015 which was 13m litres (3.8%) down on March last year.
  • Cream utilisation was up by 2.8% on March last year to 25m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 0.2% at 22m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in March was down on last year's figure by 22.0% at 22m litres. 

Million Litres

Milk Used for Liquid

Milk for Products

Butter

Cheese

Cream

Yogurt

Mar-15

622

578

22

319

25

22

% change v Mar 2014

3.1%

-2.8%

-22.0%

-3.8%

2.8%

-0.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Total

1,782

1,600

62

879

72

65

% change YTD v 2014

2.2%

-3.5%

-21.1%

-7.4%

-0.6%

1.8%

Source: Defra

Please note this data is provisional and subject to change

** NOTE that the reported percentage change may differ due to rounding.

 

Utilisation of Milk 2014/15

In 2014/15 (when compared with the previous year):

  • More milk was utilised in the manufacture of liquid, cheese, cream and yogurt and more went into milk powders and stock change and wastage.
  • Less milk went into butter and condensed milk production.

Provisional figures for the 2014/15 year show that 7.07bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 2.1% higher than in the previous year. 273m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. More milk was utilised for powder during the 2014/15 year compared with the previous year, with 1.60bn litres utilised, an increase of 27.2%. Cream showed an increase on 2013/14 figures for milk utilisation, increasing by 3.0% to 300m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 3.9% at 3.80bn litres.

Milk utilised for butter and condensed milk decreased by 11.3% and 8.2% respectively in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14, to 271m litres for butter production and 264m litres for condensed milk products.

There was an increase in stock change and wastage in the 2014/15 year, up on the previous year by 172.3% to 87m litres.

 

  2013/14 2014/15 Change from 2013/14
Milk Used for Liquid  6,920 7,066 2.1%
Butter 306 271 -11.3%
Cheese 3,654 3,797 3.9%
Condensed Milk  287 264 -8.2%
Milk Powders 1,259 1,602 27.2%
Cream 291 300 3.0%
Yogurt 269 273 1.5%
Other 424 454 7.3%
Wastage 32 87 172.3% 

 Uk Milk utilisation

 Source: Defra

*Please note data is provisional   

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