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September 2021



Dairy Manager Latest Results

A mid-month heatwave in July saw average milk prices rise 9% to 29.91ppl for herds using Kingshay’s dairy costings service. Whilst milk prices were higher, concentrate prices per tonne also rose 10% to £267/tonne on July 2020. Whilst the increases were both similar, the concentrate use per cow per day stayed the same at 7.5kg/cow/day. Overall, the margin over purchased feed per cow was 10% higher in July 2021 at £144/cow, compared to £134/cow last year.

Total concentrate use tonnes and concentrate use per litre stayed fairly steady, however this didn’t stop the concentrate costs from rising, resulting in a 10% increase in all purchased feed cost/litre. Compared to last year, margin over purchased feed per cow was £10 per cow higher at £144 per cow, this was £9 down on June 2021 figures.

In comparison to June 2021, milk production was slightly lower at 26.2 litres per cow.

Other rolling trends for the year ending July 2021 include -

  • Average herd size remained the same at 205 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,553 litres per cow, 1% increase on last year.
  • Milk from forage increased by 137 litres per cow to average 2,893 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 163 (‘000), the same as the previous year.
  • Milk price increased to 29.21ppl from 28.26ppl, a rise of 3.4%
  • Purchased feed costs of 8.48ppl were higher compared to last year with a rise of 4.6%, with annual concentrate prices averaging £250/tonne compared to £237/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.