UK Milk Utilisation

Published 15 April 16

Milk utilised for liquid stood at 545m litres in February 2016, an increase of 1m litres (0.2%) compared with the same month last year. Milk for cheese utilisation was 301m litres in February 2016 which was 24m litres (8.8%) up on February last year.

Cream utilisation was up by 7.1% on February last year to 25m litres, while yogurt utilisation was up by 7.5% at 24m litres.

Butter utilisation in February was up on last year's figure by 17.2% at 22m litres.


Million Litres Milk Used for Liquid Milk for Products Butter Cheese Cream Yogurt
Feb 2016 545 552 22 301 25 24
% change v Feb 2015 0.2% 10.8% 17.2% 8.8% 7.1% 7.5%
YTD Total 1,131 1,132 48 616 50 48
% change YTD v 2015 -0.5% 8.9% 20.8% 7.1% 1.3% 4.2%


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.