Milk used for manufacturing increased by 14% in the year to May 2014, and is likely to continue rising as milk production increases.

According to a report by DairyCo, this trend highlighted the limited ability of the liquid sector to provide a market for increasing milk production. “If UK milk production increases as anticipated, a larger proportion of milk will need to be utilised for manufacturing,” said the report. “It then will become more important that the pricing structure on manufacturing contracts provides farmers with clear price signals to ensure the milk profile best meets their specific requirements.”

Meanwhile, UK cow slaughterings fell by 6.9% in June compared with the previous year to 36,980 head. The number of heifers slaughtered fell by 3.4% to 51,908 head, according to Defra. The average dressed carcass weight of cows increased by 3.6% year-on-year to 316.6kg, while heifers increased by 4.2% to 328.6kg.

Dairy-sired cull cow prices increased by 0.2p/kg in the week to 22 July to a GB average of 97.08p/kg liveweight, as numbers fell by 7.7% on the week to 1,328 head.