Promar Milkminder Dairy Costings - National

Published 11 June 15

Promar Milkminder

  • Average yield per cow in April 2015 stood at 27.53 litres/day, a marginal increase of 0.06 litres/day compared with the same month last year.
  • The average milk price for April 2015 stood at 24.89ppl, a decrease of 8.46ppl (25.4%) compared with the previous year.
  • Margin over purchased feed decreased in April 2015 by 7.59ppl (30.0%) to 17.73ppl compared with the same month last year.

Latest information from Promar costings show that in April 2015, there were 191 cows in herd, 2 more than in April 2014. Of the 191 in herd, 168 (87.9%) were in milk. Average yield per cow stood at 27.53 litres/day; an increase of 0.06 litres/day (0.2%) compared with the previous year. This has resulted in total milk produced standing at an average of 138,548 litres, an increase of 1,095 litres (0.8%) compared with April 2014.

The average milk price for April 2015 stood at 24.89ppl, 8.46ppl (25.4%) less than the previous year. Combining this with the current milk yield gives a total milk value of £34,487 which was £11,361 (24.8%) less than the previous year.

Concentrate use remained static over the year at 0.31kg per litre in April 2015. The price decreased from £245 per tonne in April 2014 to £223 per tonne in April 2015. Feed costs decreased to 7.16ppl from 8.04ppl (10.9%) on the year.

In April 2015 margin over purchased feed per cow decreased on the year to £129 from £184 (30.1%).

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

Monthly Averages

Stock:

 

Apr-15

Apr-14

Cows in herd

     

191

189

Cows in milk

    

168

167

Milk:

  

    

    

Total milk produced

Litres

138,548

137,453

Yield per cow in milk

litres/day

27.53

27.47

Yield from grazed forage

litres/day

5.3

4.3

Yield from all forage

litres/day

9.07

8.54

Milk price

ppl

24.89

33.36

Total milk value

£

34,487

45,848

Feed:

   

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.31

0.31

Concentrate price per tonne

£

223

245

Feed cost

ppl

7.16

8.04

Margins:

  

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

17.73

25.32

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

129

184

 Source: Promar Milkminder

 Promar MOPF monthly

Annual Rolling Averages 

  • There was a 0.9% (74 litres per cow) increase in the average yield per cow between April 2014 and April 2015, to a total of 8,122 litres per cow.
  • The average rolling milk price between April 2014 and April 2015 decreased by 4.18ppl (12.7%) to an average of 28.86ppl.

The latest annual results show that for the 12 months ending April 2015, the average herd size stood at 188, which was a 1.9% (4 head) increase from last year.

The average rolling milk price decreased on the year by 4.18ppl (12.7%) to an average of 28.86ppl. This gave an overall value to the milk produced of £2,344 per cow, a decrease of £315.17 (11.9%) from the previous year.

Over the year from April 2014, the use of concentrates increased marginally by 0.01kg per litre (2.6%) to 0.34kg per litre. The average price of concentrates decreased by £20.94 per tonne (8.4%) to £229 per tonne.

Annual Rolling Results

Stock:

   

Apr-15

Apr-14

Cows in herd

 

188

184

Calving percentage

%

94.6

95.1

Replacement rate

%

24.9

23.3

Milk:

   

 

 

Yield per cow in milk

litres

8,122

8,048

Yield from grazed forage

litres

1,212

1,274

Yield from all forage

litres

2,139

2,186

Milk price

ppl

28.86

33.04

Total milk value

£/cow

2,344

2,659

Feed:

    

 

 

Concentrate use

kg/litre

0.34

0.33

Concentrate price per tonne

£

229

250

Feed cost per litre

p

8.07

8.72

Margins:

    

 

 

Margin over purchased feed

ppl

20.79

24.32

Margin over purchased feed / cow

£

1,689

1,958

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.