UK Dairy Product Production

Published 14 April 16

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 555 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in February 2016, approximately 1 thousand tonnes (0.2%) more than February 2015.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending February 2016 was 44 thousand tonnes lower compared with the same period ending February 2015, at 7,033 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was up 17.3% in February 2016 compared with the previous year at 11 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending February 2016 was up by 1.7% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in February 2016 stood at 32 thousand tonnes, up by 8.8% on the year. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending February 2016 reached 424 thousand tonnes, increasing on the same period last year by 4.0%.

Please note: Data for Skim Milk Powder, Whole Milk Powder and Cream are no longer available due to confidentiality issues.

These figures may be retrospectively changed. The values in the text may differ to the table due to figures being rounded up or down.

Production of Dairy Products

Thousand Tonnes

Liquid

Butter

Cheese

Feb 16

555

11

32

Mar 15 - Feb 16

7,033

137

424

 

 

 

 

Feb-15

554

9

30

Mar 14- Feb 15

7,077

135

407

 

 

  

 

Change from Feb 15

0.2%

17.3%

8.8%

Change from 12-month total previous year

-0.6%

1.7%

4.0%

Source: Defra

UK Dairy Product Production

 UK Manufacture of Cheese

Provisional cheese production figures for 2014 show that Cheddar production was up by 15.6% compared to the previous year at 279,124 tonnes.

Production of 'other cheeses' has fallen by 10 thousand tonnes (10.0%) on the year.

Total cheese production stood at 411,939 tonnes which was a 6.2% increase compared with the previous year. It must be stressed however that these figures are provisional and are likely to be retrospectively changed.

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Thousand Tonnes

Cheddar

Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)

Total

2014*

279

17

16

12

88

412

Year on Year change

15.6%

-30.9%

33.1%

0.5%

-10.0%

6.2%

*Provisional figures

(a) includes wholesale and farm production

(b) includes cheshire cheese production

(c) includes mozarella, cottage, fromage frais, soft cheeses and all farm cheese production

Source: Defra