UK Dairy Product Production

Published 18 July 16

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 578 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in May 2016, approximately 30 thousand tonnes (4.9%) less than May 2015.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending May 2016 was 103 thousand tonnes lower compared with the same period ending May 2015, at 6,928 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was up 5.6% in May 2016 compared with the previous year at 13 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending May 2016 was up by 18.1% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in May 2016 stood at 44 thousand tonnes, remaining static on the year. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending May 2016 reached 447 thousand tonnes, increasing on the same period last year by 7.3%.

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

May-16

578

13

44

Jun 15 - May 16

6,928

161

447

 

 

 

 

May-15

608

12

44

Jun 14 - May 15

7,031

136

417

 

 

  

 

Change from May 15

-4.90%

5.60%

0.00%

Change from 12-month total previous year

-1.50%

18.10%

7.30%

Source: Defra

UK Dairy Product Production

 UK Manufacture of Cheese

Provisional cheese production figures for 2015 show that Cheddar production was up by 2.3% compared to the previous year at 293,604 tonnes.

Production of 'short life territorials' and 'other cheeses' were both down on the year by 30.0% and 4.6% respectively, but there was a 50.8% increase in long life territorials.

Total cheese production stood at 422,263 tonnes which was a 1.5% increase compared with the previous year. Please note figures are provisional and are likely to be retrospectively changed.

For more information on cheese production click here.

Year
(Thousand Tonnes)

Cheddar

Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)

Total

2015*

294

25

10

12

81

422

Year on Year change

2.3%

50.8%

-30.0%

1.3%

-4.6%

1.5%

*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