11 January 1999
‘Get out or get bigger’ says dairy president

THE Scotsman reviews the state British dairying by examining the business owned by Ayrshire Cattle Society president Murray Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson, who farms 323ha (800 acres) in Ayrshire, says dairy farmers should expand or get out while quotas still have a reasonable value.

Mr Stevenson plans to increase his 1.2 million litres of quota, but is finding the going tough because of falling milk prices and the BSE crisis.

The setbacks have seen his turnover drop by £80-90,000.

Mr Stevensons 87 Ayrshire cows give a rolling average of 7764 litres at 4.04% butterfat and 3.38% protein.

His 77 Holstein cows yield 9067 litres at 4.06% butterfat and 3.35% protein.

  • The Scotsman 11/01/99 page 15