UK Milk Utilisation

Published 13 February 15

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 586m litres in December 2014, a decrease of 5m litres (0.9%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 317m litres in December 2014 which was 30m litres (10.5%) up on December last year.
  • Cream utilisation was down by 3.8% on December last year to 26m litres, while yogurt utilisation was up by 11.1% at 18m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in December was down on last year's figure by 11.8% at 20m litres. 
Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Dec 14 586 572 20 317 26 18
% change v Dec 2013 -0.9% 7.6% -11.8% 10.5% -3.8% 11.1%
             
YTD Total 7,028 7,018 288 3,866 301 272
% change YTD v 2013 2.4% 12.8% -3.5% 8.9% 1.1% -1.5%

 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.