Kingshay Dairy Costings - National

Published 10 February 17

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  • In December 2016, compared to December 2015, the average daily yield per cow for farms using Kingshay costings decreased by 0.7 litres (2.6%) to 25.8 litres per day.
  • Yield from all forage decreased by 0.4 litres (5.7%) to 6.6 litres per cow compared with the same month of the previous year.
  • The average herd size for December 2016 was 211, an increase of 4 (1.9%) compared with the same month in the previous year.
  • The average milk price of 25.97ppl in December 2016 was 0.99ppl (4.0%) higher than the average price in the previous month, and 1.42ppl (5.8%) higher than in December 2015.
  • Margin over purchased feed (MOPF) per cow in herd increased by £5 (4.2%) compared with December 2015. MOPF per litre also increased, up by 1.23ppl (7.3%) on the year.

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Monthly results for: Dec-16 Nov-16 Dec-15
Cows in herd (end of month) 211 206 207
Yield per cow in milk (litres/day) 25.8 24.7 26.5
Yield from forage per cow (litres/day) 6.6 5.7 7.0
% of total yield from forage 26% 23% 26%
Butterfat (%) 4.20 4.21 4.18
Protein (%) 3.31 3.35 3.31
Bactoscan (000) 28 27 29
Cell count (000) 150 158 158
Milk Price (ppl) 25.97 24.98 24.55
Concentrate use per litre (Kg/litre) 0.34 0.36 0.34
Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne) 209 208 206
All purchased feed cost (ppl) 7.89 8.22 7.70
MOPF per cow in herd (£) 125 107 120
MOPF per litre (p) 18.08 16.76 16.85

Source: Kingshay

Kingshay Dairy Costings - National

Rolling Annual Averages

Rolling annual data for the 12 months to December 2016 saw an increase of 3 cows in herd compared with the same period in the previous year. Milk yield from forage increased by 53 litres per cow to 2,600 litres. Yield from forage accounted for 33% of total milk yield, which was 8,007 litres per cow. The milk price decreased over the 12 months by 2.40ppl (9.6%) to 22.63ppl. MOPF per cow in herd decreased by £171 (11.9%) and MOPF per litre decreased by 1.85ppl (10.5%).

Rolling annual averages to: Dec-16 Dec-15
Cows in herd  202 199
Yield per cow (litres) 8,007 8,140
Yield from forage per cow (litres) 2,600 2,547
% of total yield from forage 33% 31%
Butterfat ( %) 4.11 4.05
Protein (%) 3.27 3.30
Milk Price (ppl) 22.63 25.03
Concentrate use per litre (kg/litre) 0.31 0.31
Concentrate price per tonne (£/tonne) 202 216
All purchased feed cost (ppl) 6.86 7.41
MOPF per cow in herd (£) 1,263 1,434
MOPF per litre (p) 15.77 17.62

Source: Kingshay

The tables above show the average performance of herds using the Kingshay Dairy Manager costings service. Although the sample size Kingshay use to collect the data is relatively large, it does not necessarily reflect the trends and performance of UK dairy herds. It is also worth noting that retrospective adjustments to the data may also occur.

Dairy Costings Focus Report

Kingshay’s ‘Annual Dairy Costings Focus Report’ reviews milk price trends to March 2016 and ranks data by feed costs, yield from forage, region, yield band and herd size from Dairy Manager, with additional results from Kingshay’s Health Manager service, including fertility and cell counts. This report also includes information on Organic and Jersey and Guernsey herds. Electronic copies of the current and past issues can be accessed via the Kingshay website by clicking here.

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