Dairy Industry Latest Statistics - Back by Popular Demand

Published 20 June 08

Dairy industry latest statistics - back by popular demand

The latest dairy statistics pocketbook is being issued today (20 June 2008) by DairyCo, providing the industry with a whole raft of independent facts and figures.

As part of its world class offering, Dairy statistics: an insider's guide 2008 not only offers revised information for the UK, it also highlights quantitative data for the EU and the world.

Huw Thomas, head of market information at DairyCo says: "The pocketbook provides information stretching from the farmgate to consumers - it's become an essential tool for the industry and is increasingly used by the media and farmer groups to start informed debate."

New this year is detailed information on how UK farmers' input costs have increased during 2007; details of how commodity markets in the UK, EU and across the world strengthened during the past year; and figures showing how much UK advertising expenditure on liquid milk increased during 2007/08.

Production statistics show a worrying trend - the number of litres of milk delivered to dairies during 2007/08 fell to 13.2 billion litres - a third of a billion litres down on the previous year and the lowest volume produced in the UK in at least 30 years.

Prices also feature with the average annual farmgate price rising to 20.66ppl in 2007 but figures also show the number of UK dairy farmers continued to fall - from 19,011 in 2006 to 17,915 in 2007.  Average yields also fell from 6983 litres in 2006 to 6908 litres in 2007 but average herd size actually increased slightly to 112.

Mr Thomas says: "The pocketbook has been extremely well received in previous years and again this year we're sending a copy to every British dairy farmer.  It means they will have the answers at their fingertips to the most frequently asked questions about the dairy industry in the UK and the rest of the world."

Dairy statistics: an insider's guide 2008 can be accessed from DairyCo's website - www.dairyco.org.uk.  Copies are also available from DairyCo Datum on 01285 646520.

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For further information:
N:    Philippa Stagg
T:    01285 646519
E:    philippa.stagg@dairyco.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

DairyCo Limited was set up in April 2008 following a fundamental review of agricultural levy boards by Defra. The five existing levy boards (including the Milk Development Council) were replaced by one statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Reporting in to AHDB are six sector companies - DairyCo will cover the milk sector.

DairyCo is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 0.06p per litre.  This provides an annual income of around £7m.

DairyCo's current focus is on improving the profitability of dairy farming by focusing on four specific areas:
•    The provision of a world-class information service
•    Helping dairy farmers meet and manage environment needs and regulatory requirements
•    Helping promote the positive perception of dairy products and dairy farming with the general public
•    The development of DairyCo towards a self-sustaining model.

DairyCo co-funds the industry's nutritional and issues management resource - The Dairy Council - with the processors' trade body Dairy UK.