UK Dairy Product Production

Published 18 August 15

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 596 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in June 2015, approximately 18 thousand tonnes (3.2%) more than June 2014.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending June 2015 was 46 thousand tonnes higher compared with the same period ending June 2014, at 7,129 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was down by 2 thousand tonnes (14.0%) in June 2015 compared with the previous year at 11 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending June 2015 was down by 16.5% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in June 2015 stood at 36 thousand tonnes, 1.2% down on the year . On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending June 2015 reached 405 thousand tonnes, up 0.7% 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
Jun 15 596 11 36
July 14- Jun 15 7,129 125 405
Jun-14 577 13 36
July 13- Jun 14 7,083 149 402
Change from Jun 14 3.2% -14.0% -1.2%
Change from 12-month total previous year 0.7% -16.5% 0.7%

 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


Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)









Year on Year change







*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