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Dairy Manager Latest Results

Kingshay’s dairy costed herds continue to show a steady 4% increase in average milk prices for April 2019 compared to April 2018 (28.17ppl compared to 27.17ppl last year). Milk yields were up again by 5% to average 27Graph 1.9 litres per cow per day. As a result April monthly margins per litre are continuing to show a positive increase by 7% to 20.55ppl and margins per cow up 12% to £153 per cow. Concentrate prices have shown an increase this month, £243 per tonne for April 2019 compared to £224 per tonne in April 2018.

Milk yields are still continuing to increase this Spring compared to last year, as shown in the graph (27.9 litres/day compared to 26.5 litres/day in April 2018). This graph highlights monthly changes to daily milk yields compared to the previous year.

Concentrate use was similar at 8 kg per cow per day or 0.29kg/litre compared to April 2018. Milk from forage was considerably higher by 30% at 10.4 l/cow/day compared to April 2018, reversing the recent trend as illustrated in the graph below.

Graph 2The rolling margins (MOPF) for the year ending April 2019 averaged 20.54ppl or £1,721 per cow. This was down slightly per cow compared to last year, due to higher concentrate costs, which were 10% higher averaging £241 per tonne for the year.

Other rolling trends for the year ending April 2019 include -

  • Average herd size increased by 1% to 204 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,379 litres per cow, a 1.9% increase on last year.
  • Milk from forage increased by 1.4% to 2,527 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 161 (‘000), an increase on 157 (‘000).
  • Milk price up slightly to 28.98ppl.
  • Purchased feed costs of 8.44ppl were 9.9% higher than last year, with concentrate prices averaging £241/tonne compared to £219/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