UK Dairy Product Production

Published 14 July 15

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 617 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in May 2015, approximately 7 thousand tonnes (1.1%) less than May 2014.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending May 2015 was 61 thousand tonnes higher compared with the same period ending May 2014, at 7,155 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was down by 2 thousand tonnes (13.2%) in May 2015 compared with the previous year at 12 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending May 2015 was down by 14.8% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in May 2015 stood at 39 thousand tonnes, slightly down on the year by 400 tonnes. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending May 2015 reached 403 thousand tonnes, up 1.5% on the previous 12 month period.

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 15

617

12

39

June 14- May 15

7,155

127

403

 

 

 

 

May-14

624

13

40

June 13- May 14

7,094

149

397

 

 

  

 

Change from May 14

-1.1%

-13.2%

-1.1%

Change from 12-month total previous year

0.9%

-14.8%

1.5%

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 to 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(a)

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