UK Milk Utilisation

Published 18 August 16

Milk utilised for liquid stood at 527m litres in June 2016, a decrease of 28m litres (5.0%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 383m litres in June 2016 which was 10m litres (2.7%) up on June last year.

Cream utilisation was down by 10.0% on June last year to 23m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 17.5% at 20m litres.

Butter utilisation in June was down on last year's figure by 8.7% at 27m litres.


Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
June 2016 527 644 27 383 23 20
% change v June 2015 -5.0% -7.8% -8.7% 2.7% -10.0% -17.5%
YTD Total 3,320 3,890 173 2,177 155 144
% change YTD v 2015 -2.4% -0.2% 16.4% 2.0% 0.2% 1.5%


Utilisation of Milk 2015/16

In 2015/16 (when compared with the previous year):

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

Provisional figures for the 2015/16 year show that 6.73bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 1.9% lower than in the previous year. More milk was used for butter during the 2015/16 year compared with the previous year, with 325m litres of milk utilised, an increase of 13.9%. 315m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, an increase of 17.1% on the 2014/15 year. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 7.3% at 4.14bn litres.  Milk utilised for cream increased by 6.4%, to 324m litres. 

Less milk was utilised for powder during the 2015/16 year compared with the previous year, with 1.61bn litres utilised, a decrease of 4.2%. Also less milk was used for condensed milk products, down 1.4% to 252m litres, in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15.

  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.