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January 2021



Dairy Manager Latest Results

The latest monthly results for herds using Kingshay’s dairy costings service show milk prices continue to recover from 29.32ppl in October to 29.71ppl in November, resulting in slightly higher monthly margins over purchased feed. In comparison to November 2019, milk price is up 1% and margin over purchased feed per cow up 4%.

Yield from all forage saw a decrease of 1% from October to November 2020, despite the increase in milk yield of 0.5 litres per cow per day and an increase in concentrate use of 0.3kg per cow per day but saw an overall drop in litres of milk produced. However, in comparison to the same months last year, milk yield per cow is still 3% higher (26.7 litres/cow/day compared to 25.9 litres/cow/day).

Concentrate price per tonne has been gradually increasing since October 2019, seeing it’s highest price yet of £242/tonne, an increase of £8/tonne compared to November 2019.

Other rolling trends for the year ending November 2020 include -

  • Average herd size decreased by a cow (down 0.5%) to 202 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,502 litres per cow, with a marginal reduction on last year of 0.4%
  • Milk from forage increased by 3.0% to 2,782 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 161 (‘000), a slight decrease of 0.6% from 162 (‘000).
  • Milk price decreased to 28.20ppl from 28.81ppl, a decrease of 2.1%
  • Purchased feed costs of 8.13ppl were 2.8% lower than last year, with annual concentrate prices averaging £238/tonne compared to £243/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.

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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.