Production growth slows in week ending 18 April

Monday, 27 April 2020

By Kat Jack

GB daily milk deliveries averaged 36.35ml/day in the week ending 18 April, up 0.5% on the previous week (which has been revised to 36.16ml/day). Although this is still an increase, in the last month weekly growth rates were in the range of 0.7-1.4%, and 0.5% is a small lift for this time of year.

Although the overall uplift was 0.5% for the week, we have started to see a wide range in results from those taking part in the survey. The figures suggest that farmers supplying milk buyers who have requested a drop in milk production are starting to react.

It was known that some farmers had to dispose of milk on-farm from 4 April. Disposals were reported for the week ending 18 April, although to a lesser extent than the week before. Estimates put the total volume of on farm disposals as a result of Coronavirus at around 1m litres.

In addition a further 1m litres of skim milk is reported to have been disposed of post collection over the last fortnight. In this case the fat element of the milk has been utilised, but it has not been possible to dry the skim.

Katherine Jack

Analyst - Dairy

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