Milk overshoot jumps to 122m litres

09 March 1998

Milk overshoot jumps to 122m litres

By FWi staff

MILK production shot up again in February to put UK dairy farmers back on course for the biggest super-levy since 1995.

Butterfat-adjusted production last month was 10.2m litres over quota, according to the latest figures from the Intervention Board.

Cumulative deliveries for the year now stand at 122.5m litres – three times as much as last year.

With super-levy set at 25.53/litre, that translates to a fine of more than £31m.

Weekly output must now drop by more than 10% if super-levy is to be avoided. But that seems unlikely because reducing output this late in the season risks disrupting next years production.

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