UK Milk Utilisation

Published 9 April 15

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 540m litres in February 2015, a decrease of 11m litres (2.0%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 264m litres in February 2015 which was 31m litres (10.4%) down on February last year.
  • Cream utilisation was down by 5.9% on February last year to 21m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 1.8% at 21m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in February was down on last year's figure by 23.2% at 19m litres. 

Million Litres

Milk Used for Liquid

Milk for Products

Butter

Cheese

Cream

Yogurt

Feb-15

540

481

19

264

21

21

% change v Feb 2014

-2.0%

-5.2%

-23.2%

-10.4%

-5.9%

-1.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Total

1,146

1,013

40

554

47

43

% change YTD v 2014

0.5%

-4.6%

-20.5%

-10.3%

-3.7%

1.2%

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 2013/14

In 2013/14 (when compared with the previous year):

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

Provisional figures for the 2013/14 year show that 6.92bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 2.4% higher than in the previous year. 269m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, a decrease of 1.0% on the previous year. Milk utilised for butter and cream increased by 5.7% and 10.7% respectively in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13, to 306m litres for butter production and 291m litres for cream production. More milk was utilised for powder during the 2013/14 year compared with the previous year as well, with 1.26bn litres utilised, a significant increase of 46.5%.

Condensed products also showed an increase on 2012/13 figures for milk utilisation, increasing by 1.7% to 287m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 1.0% at 3.65bn litres. There was a decrease in stock change and wastage in the 2013/14 year than the year previously, with a reduction of 32m litres, a decrease of 54.2% from the previous year.

 

  2012/13 2013/14 Change from 2012/13
Milk Used for Liquid  6,756 6,920 2.4%
Butter 289 306 5.7%
Cheese 3,618 3,654 1.0%
Condensed Milk  282 287 1.7%
Milk Powders 860 1,259 46.5%
Cream 263 291 10.7%
Yogurt 272 269 -1.0%
Other 343 424 23.5%
Wastage 70 32 -54.2%

 

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.