Cold snap takes heat out of milk production

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

By Chris Gooderham

The cold spell of weather that swept across the country from 5 April has taken milk production back down in line with last year and the milk forecast.

As suspected, the colder weather hampered grass growth during the latest week of our Forage for Knowledge survey. The poorer grazing has then slowed the seasonal lift in volumes. Volumes still rose during the latest week (to 10 April), but only by 0.6%, which is much lower than the normal rise at this time of year.

The 7-day rolling average GB milk production is now just 0.2% above our forecast, having been more than 1.1% above just a week ago. The surplus over last year is now just 0.3%, down from 1.5% on 3 April.

Last week we were concerned about how high milk production was running as we headed for the May peak. However, as expected, the cold weather has given some respite to the industry. The cold spell of weather did continue into the following week (to 17 April), and the lift in milk volumes is expected to be constrained again next week.

Image of staff member Chris Gooderham

Chris Gooderham

Head of Market Specialists - Dairy & Livestock

See full bio

Sign up for regular updates

You can subscribe to receive Dairy market news straight to your inbox. Simply fill in your contact details on our online form and select the information you wish to receive.

Visit the Keep in touch page

While AHDB seeks to ensure that the information contained on this webpage is accurate at the time of publication, no warranty is given in respect of the information and data provided. You are responsible for how you use the information. To the maximum extent permitted by law, AHDB accepts no liability for loss, damage or injury howsoever caused or suffered (including that caused by negligence) directly or indirectly in relation to the information or data provided in this publication.

All intellectual property rights in the information and data on this webpage belong to or are licensed by AHDB. You are authorised to use such information for your internal business purposes only and you must not provide this information to any other third parties, including further publication of the information, or for commercial gain in any way whatsoever without the prior written permission of AHDB for each third party disclosure, publication or commercial arrangement. For more information, please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Notice or contact the Director of Corporate Affairs at  © Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. All rights reserved.