July 10, 2024


Milk deliveries in Great Britain dropped 0.2% in June




Great Britain's milk deliveries totalled 1,043 million litres in June, a slight decrease of 0.2% compared to last year's figure, according to the United Kingdom's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).


Daily deliveries averaged 34.8 million litres. For the first quarter of this year's milk season (April-June), production totals 3,248 million litres, back 1.1% compared to the same period in 2023.


Following weaker production, GB's June deliveries moved closer to year ago levels as the month progressed. However, AHDB noted it should be considered that this is a comparison against a period of extreme heat and drought in June 2023, and production still appears to be trending lower than historic averages.


Some of this increase in production can be attributed to improved grass availability, with better cow nutrition contributing to higher yield per cow.


Data collected by AHDB Forage for Knowledge shows grass growth well below the long term average up until mid-May, as high amounts of rainfall hampered growth rates.


However, from mid-May, grass growth was observed to have improved significantly, sitting above both year ago and historic average levels for the entire June.


AHDB analyst Becky Smith noted that the organisation's recently revised production forecast predicts a year-on-year uplift in deliveries for July and August, following recent positive price announcements and good grass growth, before a return to declines over the autumn and winter months