Milk production totalled 1.229bn litres in May – 22.9m litres less than last year and 6m litres below the five-year average.
According to provisional data from the RPA, cumulative production for the first two months of the milk year reached 2.341bn litres – 115.1m litres below last year and the lowest level on record. Butterfat dropped sharply, to 3.91%, and the late spring meant daily milk deliveries were still lagging 2.2% behind last year, at 39.8m litres a day in the two weeks to 1 June.
DairyCo’s first milk price league table of the new milk year showed a number of price increases, with several milk buyers announcing volume bonuses for increased production. “This points to strong competition for milk within the UK,” said the report.
Based on the production profile and milk constituents over the past three seasons, the table could not be directly compared with last month’s version, it added. “The most notable adjustment is a drop in average somatic cell count levels. The effect is that in all months the rolling three-month mean value of SCC levels is now below 200,000/ml.”