UK Milk Utilisation

Published 15 January 16

Milk utilised for liquid stood at 591m litres in November 2015, an increase of 1m litres (0.3%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 280m litres in November 2015 which was 5m litres (1.8%) up on November last year.

Cream utilisation was up by 16.3% on November last year to 29m litres, while yogurt utilisation was up by 24.3% at 27m litres.

Butter utilisation in November was up on last year's figure by 15.7% at 25m litres.   

Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Nov 2015 591 515 25 280 29 27
% change v Nov 2014 0.3% 1.2% 15.7% 1.8% 16.3% 24.3%
YTD Total 6,333 6,557 249 3,595 294 287
% change YTD v 2014 -0.6% 0.1% -8.0% -0.1% 7.4% 14.6%


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 6.94bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 0.3% higher than in the previous year. 272m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, an increase of 1.3% 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 3.9% to 303m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 4.7% at 3.85bn 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.