UK Milk Utilisation

Published 11 June 15

  • Milk utilised for liquid stood at 578m litres in April 2015, a decrease of 15m litres (2.5%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 375m litres in April 2015 which was 20m litres (5.7%) up on April last year.
  • Cream utilisation was up by 4.7% on April last year to 28m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 37.0% at 16m litres.
  • Butter utilisation in April was down on last year's figure by 20.5% at 20m litres. 
Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Apr-15 578 667 20 375 28 16
% change v Apr 2014 -2.5% 0.5% -20.5% 5.7% 4.7% -37.0%
             
YTD Total 2,346 2,276 81 1,265 102 81
% change YTD v 2014 0.4% -1.9% -21.5% -3.0% 2.7% -8.7%

Source: Defra

Please note this data is provisional and subject to change

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

 

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 7.05bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 1.9% higher than in the previous year. 271m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, a decrease of 11.5% on the previous year. More milk was utilised for powder during the 2014/15 year compared with the previous year, with 1.60bn litres utilised, an increase of 27.2%. Cream showed an increase on 2013/14 figures for milk utilisation, increasing by 3.7% to 302m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 4.2% at 3.80bn litres.

Milk utilised for butter and condensed milk decreased by 11.5% and 9.4% respectively in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14, to 271m litres for butter production and 260m litres for condensed milk products.

There was an increase in stock change and wastage in the 2014/15 year, up on the previous year by 187.0% to 92m litres. 

  2013/14 2014/15 Change from 2013/14
Milk Used for Liquid  6,920 7,053 1.9%
Butter 306 271 -11.5%
Cheese 3,654 3,808 4.2%
Condensed Milk  287 260 -9.4%
Milk Powders 1,259 1,602 27.2%
Cream 291 302 3.7%
Yogurt 269 273 1.6%
Other 424 455 7.3%
Wastage 32 92 187.0%

 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.