UK Milk Utilisation

Published 15 April 14

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 556m litres in February 2014, an increase of 31m litres (5.9%) compared with the same month last year.Milk for cheese utilisation was 296m litres in February 2014 which was 30m litres (11.2%) up on February last year.
  • Cream utilisation was down by 4.7% on February last year to 24m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 2.3% to 22m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in February was up on last year's figure by 23.3% at 23m litres.  
Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Feb-14 556 514 23 296 24 22
% change v Feb 2013 5.9% 20.4% 23.3% 11.2% -4.7% -2.3%
             
YTD Total 1,154 1,082 49 623 52 44
% change YTD v 2013 4.8% 22.7% 8.5% 14.0% 4.1% -5.5%

 

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 2012/13

In 2012/13 (when compared with the previous year):

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

Provisional figures for the 2012/13 year show that 6.76bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 2.5% lower than in the previous year. 272m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, a decrease of 2.4% on the previous year. Milk utilised for butter and cream increased by 3.3% and 6.8% respectively in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12, to 289m litres for butter production and 263m litres for cream production. Less milk was utilised for powder during the 2012/13 year compared with the previous year as well, with 860m litres utilised, a decrease of 20.8%.

Condensed products also showed a decrease on 2011/12 figures for milk utilisation, decreasing by 6.6% to 282m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was down, by 3.8% at 3.62bn litres. There was an increase in wastage in the 2012/13 year than the year previously, with 70m litres being wasted, an increase of 94.3% from the previous year.

Million Litres 2011/12 2012/13 Change from 2011/12
Milk Used for Liquid 6,928 6,756 -2.5%
Butter 280 289 3.3%
Cheese 3,762 3,618 -3.8%
Condensed Milk 302 282 -6.6%
Milk Powders 1,086 860 -20.8%
Cream 246 263 6.8%
Yogurt 278 272 -2.4%
Other 320 343 7.1%
Wastage 36 70 94.3%

 

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.