GB milk production sees a subdued spring peak with possible further falls

According to the latest research from ADHB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board), there was a downturn in GB daily milk deliveries in the week ending 13 May, suggesting that peak deliveries have been reached.

According to the latest data, the highest daily figure was 37.46m litres on 5 May* alongside the 7-day rolling average which appears to have peaked at 37.18m litres*.

The ADHB reported that: “The ‘spring flush’ saw volumes at a similar level to last year with the peak day only 0.2% above the highest individual day in 2022.

“This is down 0.9% from our March forecast as cooler and wetter weather limited grazing opportunities due to the saturated ground.

“This meant farmers could not fully capitalise on good grass growth in April and May.

“While the height of the peak is one factor, how long these higher volumes last for also impacts the availability of milk.

“In 2022 we saw a rapid fall from the peak which reduced summer volumes, however higher milk prices, teamed with favourable autumn weather conditions, encouraged production growth in the autumn and winter.”

The ADHB also warned that with farm milk prices easing and costs remaining high, along with high prices for cull cows, lower milk production could be the result and cause for concern.

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