Milk yields remained steady in August

Published 29 October 18

Latest milk production statistics from Promar show that in August, milk yields remained steady on the month and were slightly above year earlier levels despite forage yield per cow being down and herd numbers declining.

August was the first month with significant rainfall, which helped re-invigorate grass growth. However, milk achieved from forage was still down almost 10% on the year and 11% below the 5-year average. This follows below average forage yields during the exceptionally hot and dry summer months.  In order to support milk yields, concentrate use per litre of milk was up 5.5% on 5-year average.

 Milk yields remained steady in August 

With silage stocks below average across much of the country, the increased concentrate use is likely to continue into the winter months. Combined with anticipated higher feed prices and reduced supplies, this is expected to impact on farmer margins. This could have a knock-on impact on milk production later in the production season.