By FWi staff
MILK production is at its lowest since deregulation in 1994.
Figures for April put butterfat-adjusted deliveries at 1.178 billion litres, 55.7m litres under the quota profile for the month.
This compares with a figure of 1.254m litres this time last year – a difference of over 75m litres in one month.
The cold, wet weather during April could be partly to blame.
Producers were also desperately trying to reduce production in March to stay within limits in a climate of very high quota sales prices, says Jonathan Smith of Bruton Knowles.
“Producers may see this deficit as an opportunity to increase milk production in order to meet the quota profile later in the year,” he adds.