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Dairy Manager Latest Results

Analysis of herds using Kingshay’s dairy costings service are continuing to show a significant increase in milk prices, up by 26% to 36.81ppl in March 2022 compared to the same month of the previous year - the highest average milk price recorded. Whilst milk prices were higher, concentrate prices per tonne also continued to increase by 15% to £291/tonne compared to March 2021. Total concentrate use dropped slightly by 1% at 8.8 kg/cow/day in Mar 2022, however all purchased feed cost/litre rose by 25% to 10.9ppl.

Overall, the margin over purchased feed per cow was 23% higher in March 2022 at £198/cow, compared to £161/cow last year. Although this needs to cover other costs that have also risen significantly and will continue to do so, such as fuel, fertiliser and electricity costs.

Yield per cow has continued to decrease slightly by 3% at 27.3 litres per cow/day compared to the same month last year.

Other rolling trends for the year ending March 2022 include -

  • Average herd size increased slightly by 1% to 210 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,450 litres per cow, 0.8% decrease on last year.
  • Milk from forage decreased by 72 litres per cow to average 2,782 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 161 (‘000).
  • Milk price increased to 32.07ppl from 28.52ppl, a rise of 12.4%
  • Purchased feed costs of 9.47ppl were higher compared to last year with a rise of 14.6%, with annual concentrate prices averaging £274/tonne compared to £244/tonne.

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More in-depth analysis of herds using Kingshay’s costings service can be found in Kingshay’s Dairy Costings Focus Report or call 01458 851555 for more details.

Analyse your Profit Manager results for the year ending March 2022 now -

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If you are interested in analysing and comparing your herd’s figures with other similar herds, give us a call on 01458 851555. More details of this simple and easy-to-use service can be found here.