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.