UK Milk Utilisation

Published 12 May 16

Milk utilised for liquid stood at 560m litres in March 2016, a decrease of 30m litres (5.0%) compared with the same month last year. However, milk for cheese utilisation was 361m litres in March 2016 which was 13m litres (3.6%) up on March last year.

Cream utilisation was up by 12.8% on March last year to 29m litres, while yogurt utilisation was up by 33.5% at 30m litres.

Butter utilisation in March was up on last year's figure by 22.1% at 29m litres.

Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Mar 2016 560 659 29 361 29 30
% change v Mar 2015 -5.0% 4.3% 22.1% 3.6% 12.8% 33.5%
YTD Total 1,663 1,870 89 1,028 79 92
% change YTD v 2015 -2.1% 7.1% 24.4% 6.2% 6.1% 37.7%


Utilisation of Milk 2015/16

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

More milk was utilised in the manufacture of butter, cheese, cream and yogurt 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 6.75bn litres of milk were utilised for liquid, 2.0% lower than in the previous year. More milk was used for butter during the 2015/16 year compared with the previous year, with 319m litres of milk utilised, an increase of 14.4%. 326m litres of milk were utilised for yogurt production, an increase of 20.7% on the 2014/15 year. Cream showed an increase on 2014/15 figures for milk utilisation, increasing by 6.2% to 323m litres. Milk utilised for cheese was up, by 7.5% at 4.17bn 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%. Milk utilised for milk powder and condensed milk decreased by 4.2% and 2.1% respectively in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15, to 1.61bn litres for powder production and 250m 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.