April milk production up on 2008

Milk production during the first month of the new milk year was slightly ahead of the same time last year, according to provisional figures from the Rural Payments Agency.

It said UK wholesale milk deliveries in April totalled 1,142.6m litres, up 3.2m litres on last April’s 1,139.4m litres.

The, albeit small, increase is welcome news for the sector after milk production during the last milk year fell below the previous year in all months apart from July.

But one commentator at least remained cautious about assuming this signalled a longer-term recovery for the sector, which has been subject to a number of recent price cuts. “One swallow does not make a processors summer, but some will no doubt be quick to suggest this indicates UK production has turned the corner,” Ian Potter said in his weekly bulletin.

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