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Dairy Manager Latest Results

Monthly analysis of herds using Kingshay’s dairy costings service continue to show a 6% decrease in average milk prices for October 2019 compared to October 2018 (28.87ppl compared to 30.87ppl last year). This has resulted in the monthly margins decreasing by 7% to 20.36 ppl and margins per cow down 7% to £137 per cow. However, concentrate prices have decreased again this month, £231 per tonne for October 2019 compared to £244 per tonne in October 2018.

dm graph


Milk yields were similar in October 2019 at 25.6 l/cow/day. The graph highlights monthly changes to daily milk yields compared to the previous year. Each month has seen an increase, compared  to the same month in the previous year since November 2018, although as the graph shows, August milk yield compared to July is a lower increase.


Concentrate use was similar at 8.7 kg per cow per day or 0.34kg/litre compared to October 2018. Milk from forage was only slightly higher, by 9% at 7.4 l/cow/day compared to October 2018, as illustrated in the graph below.

forage graph

The rolling margins (MOPF) for the year ending October 2019 averaged 20.54ppl or £1,737 per cow. These were similar to last year, due to an increase in feed costs, despite higher milk prices.

Other rolling trends for the year ending October 2019 include -

  • Average herd size increased by 1.5% to 203 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,455 litres per cow, a 2.9% increase on last year.
  • Milk from forage increased by 13% to 2,687 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 162 (‘000), a slight increase on 159 (‘000).
  • Milk price similar at 28.89ppl.
  • Purchased feed costs of 8.35ppl were 3.1% higher than last year, with concentrate prices averaging £243/tonne compared to £227/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