Balancing Scottish milk supplies

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

By Chris Gooderham

Scottish milk production is estimated at 1,507 million litres for 2019/20, 1.9% higher than the level estimated in 2018/19.

Of the milk produced in Scotland, we estimate 82% was processed in the country. 554 million litres into cheese, and a further 684 million litres processed into other products, including liquid milk. That left a milk surplus to be transported into England of 269 million litres.

The last official milk production figures in GB by country were produced in 2014/15 by the RPA. Over the last few years we have estimated milk production by using milking herd numbers and an estimate of yields. The milking herd in Scotland grew to 176K head in 2019, a 1K head year on year increase. Yields are estimated to have averaged 8,570 litres per cow in 2019/20, up 1.3% on the previous year.

Milk balances for Wales and England are also available.

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Chris Gooderham

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