Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 24 July 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in May 2015 stood at 27.39 litres/day, a marginal increase of 0.42 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for May 2015 stood at 24.13ppl, a decrease of 8.21ppl (25.4%) compared with the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased in May 2015 by 7.13ppl (28.1%) to 18.11ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in May 2015, there were 193 cows in herd, 2 more than in May 2014. Of the 193 in herd, 170 (88.2%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 27.39 litres/day; an increase of 0.42 litres/day (1.5%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 144,506 litres, an increase of 3,326 litres (2.4%) compared with May 2014.

The average milk price for May 2015 stood at 24.13ppl, 8.21ppl (25.4%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the current milk yield gives a total milk value of £34,867 which was £10,783 (23.6%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use declined marginally by 2.8% over the year at 0.27kg per litre in May 2015. The price decreased from £241 per tonne in May 2014 to £212 per tonne in May 2015. Feed costs decreased to 6.02ppl from 7.09ppl (15.2%) on the year.

In May 2015 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £136 from £186 (27.1%).

Note: differences in text may not agree with values in table on account of rounding of reported values.

 

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

May-15

May-14

Cows in herd

     

193

191

Cows in milk

    

170

169

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

144,506

141,181

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

27.39

26.97

Yield from grazed forage

litres/day

9.3

7.5

Yield from all forage

litres/day

11.09

10.27

Milk price

ppl

24.13

32.33

Total milk value

£

34,867

45,649

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.27

0.28

Concentrate price per tonne

£

212

241

Feed cost

ppl

6.02

7.09

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

18.11

25.24

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

136

186

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 0.2% (19 litres per cow) decrease in the average yield per cow between May 2014 and May 2015, to a total of 8,082 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between May 2014 and May 2015 decreased by 5.11ppl (15.4%) to an average of 28.11ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending May 2015, the average herd size stood at 190, which was a 1.8% (3 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price decreased on the year by 5.11ppl (15.4%) to an average of 28.11ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,272 per cow, a decrease of £419.11 (15.6%) from the previous year.

Over the year from May 2014, the use of concentrates increased marginally by 0.01kg per litre (2.2%) to 0.34kg per litre. The average price of concentrates decreased by £22.98 per tonne (9.3%) to £225 per tonne.

 

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

May-15

May-14

Cows in herd

 

190

187

Calving percentage

%

96.1

96.6

Replacement rate

%

24.4

23.2

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,082

8,101

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,153

1,198

Yield from all forage

litres

2,179

2,267

Milk price

ppl

28.11

33.22

Total milk value

£/cow

2,272

2,691

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.33

Concentrate price per tonne

£

225

248

Feed cost per litre

p

7.87

8.60

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

20.24

24.63

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,636

1,995

Source: Promar Milkminder

Promar MOPF rolling

 

The tables above show the average performance of herds using Promar Milkminder data. When using Promar data, it must be noted that a certain amount of caution should be taken. Although the sample size Promar 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. For more detailed information or to contact Promar click here.