UK Milk Utilisation

Published 16 September 16

Milk utilised for liquid stood at 535m litres in July 2016, a decrease of 22m litres (4.0%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 343m litres in July 2016 which was 13m litres (3.8%) down on July last year.

Cream utilisation was down by 9.0% on July last year to 24m litres, while yogurt utilisation was down by 28.2% at 19m litres.

Butter utilisation in July was down on last year's figure by 12.0% at 24m litres.

Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
July 2016 535 574 24 343 24 19
% change v July 2015 -4.0% -14.0% -12.0% -3.8% -9.0% -28.2%
YTD Total 3,852 4,465 197 2,520 178 165
% change YTD v 2015 -2.7% -2.2% 12.0% 1.2% -1.6% -1.9%


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.