UK Dairy Product Production

Published 25 January 17

  • Provisional production data from Defra showed that 619 thousand tonnes of liquid milk were produced in November 2016, approximately 50 thousand tonnes (8.7%) more than November 2015.
  • Cumulatively, liquid milk production for the 12 months ending November 2016 was 100 thousand tonnes lower compared with the same period ending November 2015, at 6,756 thousand tonnes.
  • Butter production was down 6.7% in November 2016 compared with the previous year at 12 thousand tonnes. The cumulative production for the 12 months ending November 2016 was up by 4.7% compared with the same period the previous year.
  • Cheese production in November 2016 stood at 35 thousand tonnes, up 7.8% on the year. On a cumulative basis, cheese production for the 12 months ending November 2016 reached 434 thousand tonnes, marginally up on the same period last year by 0.6%.

Please note: Data for Skim Milk Powder, Whole Milk Powder and Cream are no longer available due to confidentiality issues.

These figures may be retrospectively changed. The values in the text may differ to the table due to figures being rounded up or down.

Production of Dairy Products
Thousand Tonnes Liquid Butter Cheese
Nov 16 619 11 35
Dec 15 - Nov 16 6,756 150 434
Nov-15 569 12 32
Dec 14 - Nov 15 6,856 143 431
Change from Nov 15 8.7% -6.7% 7.8%
Change from 12-month total previous year -1.5% 4.7% 0.6%

Source: Defra

UK Dairy Product Production

 UK Manufacture of Cheese

Provisional cheese production figures for 2015 show that Cheddar production was up by 2.3% compared to the previous year at 293,604 tonnes.

Production of 'short life territorials' and 'other cheeses' were both down on the year by 30.0% and 4.6% respectively, however, there was a 50.8% increase in long life territorials.

Total cheese production stood at 422,263 tonnes which was a 1.5% increase compared with the previous year. Please note figures are provisional and are likely to be retrospectively changed.

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(Thousand Tonnes)


Long Life Territorials

Short Life Territorials (b)

Blue Vein

Other Cheeses(a)(c)









Year on Year change







*Provisional figures

(a) includes wholesale and farm production

(b) includes cheshire cheese production

(c) includes mozarella, cottage, fromage frais, soft cheeses and all farm cheese production

Source: Defra