UK milk production up 4.7% on last November

UK milk production continues to race ahead of last year, with farmgate collections totalling 1.117bn litres in November.

That was 50.5m (4.7%) more than November last year, led by an 8.8% increase in Northern Ireland and a 4.1% rise in GB. It was the highest figure for the month since 1995.

Although the monthly gap to last year has narrowed – from 84.6m litres ahead in September – the gap in cumulative deliveries continues to widen.

At a record 9.677bn litres, cumulative production is now 677m litres ahead of this time last year, compared with 558m litres ahead in September.

However, butterfat continues to lag behind, at 4.11% for the month and 3.96%, cumulatively.

Daily deliveries show continued signs of weakening, with deliveries in the two weeks to 29 November averaging 37.3m litres a day – 4.4% more than last year.

Meanwhile, offers continue to dribble into Private Storage Aid, bringing total stocks of butter to 20,520t – of this 841t is from the UK. Stocks of skimmed milk powder are now at 14,335t – most from Germany, with cheese stocks – principally Italian – remaining at 100,803t.