UK Milk Utilisation

Published 18 November 15

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 565m litres in September 2015, an increase of 7m litres (1.2%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 293m litres in September 2015 which was 7m litres (2.2%) down on September last year.
  • Cream utilisation was up by 1.2% on September last year to 26m litres, while yogurt utilisation was up by 1.4% at 23m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in September was down on last year's figure by 2.2% at 22m litres.   
Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Sep 2015 565 537 22 293 26 23
% change v Sep 2014 1.2% -3.3% -2.2% -2.2% 1.2% 1.4%
YTD Total 5,228 5,397 196 2,943 232 216
% change YTD v 2014 0.9% -1.9% -12.7% -2.5% 4.5% 4.1%

Source: Defra

Please note this data is provisional and subject to change

** NOTE that the reported percentage change may differ due to rounding.

Please note, England and Wales milk utilisation figures are currently being reviewed and will be updated as soon as possible.


Utilisation of Milk 2014/15

In 2014/15 (when compared with the previous year):

More milk was utilised in the manufacture of liquid, cheese, cream and yogurt and more went into milk powders and stock change and wastage.

Less milk went into butter and condensed milk production.

Provisional figures for the 2014/15 year show that 6.97bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 0.7% higher than in the previous year. 271m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, an increase of 0.7% on the previous year. More milk was utilised for powder during the 2014/15 year compared with the previous year, with 1.63bn litres utilised, an increase of 25.4%. Cream showed an increase on 2013/14 figures for milk utilisation, increasing by 3.4% to 301m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 4.3% at 3.83bn litres.

Milk utilised for butter and condensed milk decreased by 12.4% and 11.1% respectively in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14, to 270m litres for butter production and 255m litres for condensed milk products.


UK Milk Utilisation

 Source: Defra

*Please note data is provisional   

*There may be marginal differences in percentages due to figures being rounded up or down.