Kingshay Dairy Costings - National

Published 14 January 16

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  • In November 2015, the average daily yield per cow for farms using Kingshay costings increased by 0.7 litre (2.8%) compared with November last year, to 25.7 litres per day.
  • Yield from all forage increased by 1.6 litres (34.0%) to 6.3 litres per cow compared with the same month the previous year.
  • The average herd size for November 2015 was 204, an increase of 5 (2.5%) compared with the same month in the previous year.
  • The average milk price of 24.78ppl in November 2015 was 4.71ppl (16.0%) lower than the average price in November 2014.
  • Margin over purchased feed (MOPF) per cow in herd decreased £20 (15.2%) compared with November 2014. MOPF per litre also decreased by 3.36ppl (16.6%).

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Monthly results for:

Nov-15

Oct-15

Nov-14

Cows in herd (end of month)

204

199

199

Yield per cow in milk (litres/day)

25.7

25.5

25.0

Yield from forage per cow (litres/day)

6.3

7.5

4.7

% of total yield from forage

25%

29%

19%

Butterfat (%)

4.14

4.10

4.09

Protein (%)

3.33

3.38

3.35

Bactoscan (000)

28

26

27

Cell count (000)

159

164

165

Milk Price (ppl)

24.78

24.84

29.49

Concentrate use per litre (Kg/litre)

0.34

0.32

0.36

Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne)

207

206

228

All purchased feed cost (ppl)

7.84

7.22

9.19

MOPF per cow in herd (£)

112

119

132

MOPF per litre (p)

16.94

17.62

20.30

Source: Kingshay

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Rolling Annual Averages

Rolling annual data for the 12 months to November 2015 saw an increase of 6 cows in herd compared with the same period in the previous year. There was a decrease in yield per cow of 29 litres (0.4%) at 8,105 litres per cow. However, the yield from forage increased by 198 litres per cow to 2,485 litres per cow. The yield from forage accounted for 31% of total milk yield. The milk price decreased over the 12 months by 6.67ppl (20.7%) to 25.56ppl. MOPF per cow in herd decreased by £467 (24.3%) and MOPF per litre decreased by 5.68ppl (24.0%).

Rolling annual averages to:

Nov-15

Nov-14

Cows in herd

195

189

Yield per cow (litres)

8,105

8,134

Yield from forage per cow (litres)

2,485

2,287

% of total yield from forage

31%

28%

Butterfat ( %)

4.03

4.00

Protein (%)

3.30

3.29

Milk Price (ppl)

25.56

32.23

Concentrate use per litre (kg/litre)

0.31

0.32

Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne)

220

243

All purchased feed cost (ppl)

7.58

8.57

MOPF per cow in herd (£)

1,458

1,925

MOPF per litre (p)

17.99

23.67

 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.

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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.