7 November 2000
Milk slips further below profile
By FWi staff
MILK production slumped even further below profile last month, according to latest figures from the Intervention Board.
Producers delivered 1.043 billion butterfat adjusted litres to processors during the month, nearly 70m litres, or 6%, below profile.
“This is slightly more than expected,” says Peter Weston Davies of the Farm Consultancy Group. “It is now nigh-on impossible to pull it back, although it has been done in the past.”
Cold, wet weather and poor silage quality were the main reason for the shortfall, adds Mr Weston Davies.
“Butterfat was slightly higher than expected, at 4.15%, seven points above profile, mainly due to the stemmy grass silage.”
The cumulative total is now 248m litres, or nearly 3%, below profile and about 6.5 days supply.
“We will start to pull it back over the next few months, but not sufficiently to make quota by the end of the milk year,” says Mr Weston Davies.