Kingshay Dairy Costings - National

Published 20 April 16

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  • In February 2016, compared with February 2015, the average daily yield per cow for farms using Kingshay costings increased by 0.5 litre (1.9%) to 26.4 litres per day.
  • Yield from all forage increased by 1.7 litres (29.8%) to 7.4 litres per cow compared with the same month the previous year.
  • The average herd size for February 2016 was 197, an increase of 4 (2.1%) compared with the same month in the previous year.
  • The average milk price of 23.80ppl in February 2016 was 2.81ppl (10.6%) lower than the average price in February 2015.
  • Margin over purchased feed (MOPF) per cow in herd decreased £3 (2.7%) compared with February 2015. MOPF per litre also decreased by 1.36ppl (7.7%).

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Monthly results for:

Feb-16

Jan-16

Feb-15

Cows in herd (end of month)

197

197

193

Yield per cow in milk (litres/day)

26.4

26.4

25.9

Yield from forage per cow (litres/day)

7.4

7.7

5.7

% of total yield from forage

28%

29%

22%

Butterfat (%)

4.22

4.19

4.13

Protein (%)

3.27

3.28

3.29

Bactoscan (000)

26

28

27

Cell count (000)

161

160

157

Milk Price (ppl)

23.80

23.76

26.61

Concentrate use per litre (Kg/litre)

0.33

0.33

0.35

Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne)

206

205

228

All purchased feed cost (ppl)

7.51

7.47

8.96

MOPF per cow in herd (£)

109

116

112

MOPF per litre (p)

16.29

16.29

17.65

Source: Kingshay

Kingshay Dairy Costings - National 

Rolling Annual Averages

Rolling annual data for the 12 months to February 2016 saw an increase of 6 cows in herd compared with the same period in the previous year. Milk yield from forage increased by 408 litres per cow to 2,632 litres. Yield from forage accounted for 32% of total milk yield, which was over 8,200 litres. The milk price decreased over the 12 months by 6.00ppl (19.6%) to 24.67ppl. MOPF per cow in herd decreased by £368 (20.4%) and MOPF per litre decreased by 4.80ppl (21.6%).

Rolling annual averages to:

Feb-16

Feb-15

Cows in herd

195

189

Yield per cow (litres)

8,223

8,102

Yield from forage per cow (litres)

2,632

2,224

% of total yield from forage

32%

28%

Butterfat ( %)

4.06

4.00

Protein (%)

3.30

3.28

Milk Price (ppl)

24.67

30.67

Concentrate use per litre (kg/litre)

0.31

0.32

Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne)

214

237

All purchased feed cost (ppl)

7.25

8.44

MOPF per cow in herd (£)

1,433

1,801

MOPF per litre (p)

17.43

22.23

 Source: Kingshay

The tables above show the average performance of herds using the Kingshay Dairy Manager costings service. Although the sample size Kingshay use to collect the data is relatively large, it does not necessarily reflect the trends and performance of UK dairy herds. It is also worth noting that retrospective adjustments to the data may also occur.

Dairy Costings Focus Report

Kingshay’s ‘Annual Dairy Costings Focus Report’ reviews milk price trends to March 2015 and ranks data by feed costs, yield from forage, region, yield band and herd size from Dairy Manager, with additional results from Kingshay’s Health Manager service, including fertility and cell counts. This report also includes information on Organic and Jersey and Guernsey herds. Electronic copies of the current and past issues can be accessed via the Kingshay website by clicking here.

For regional Kingshay dairy information please click here. For Kingshay dairy costings in Wales please click here.

Please note that figures for Organic, Jersey and Guernsey herds are available by contacting Kingshay or from the Kingshay Website. For further information or to contact Kingshay click here.